EXPLORING ENERGY CHOICES: A PRELIMINARY REPORT

THE ENERGY PROBLEMS FACING THE NATION AND MEASURES THAT MAY BE TAKEN TO ALLEVIATE THE SITUATION ARE REVIEWED. THE GAP BETWEEN DOMESTIC ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND DEMONSTIC PRODUCTION HAS GROWN RAPIDLY SINCE THE 1950S. INCREASING DOMESTIC SUPPLIES OR IMPLEMENTING NEW CONSUMPTION TECHNOLOGIES WILL TAKE SEVERAL YEARS AND LARGE CAPITAL INVESTMENT. IN THE SHORT TERM, THE CHALLENGE FOR THE GOVERNMENT IS TWOFOLD; MANAGEMENT OF THE SHORTAGE SO THAT NO INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP BEARS AN UNDUE BURDEN; AND (2) IMPLEMENTATION OF SHORT TERM ACTIONS WHICH DO NOT SIGNIFICANTLY RESTRICT OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE. THREE DESCRIPTIONS ARE PRESENTED FOR ANLAYZING ENERGY POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE. ONE DESCRIPTION IS BASED ON THE PERSISTENCE OF PRESENT GROWTH TRENDS IN ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION; IN ANOTHER, THE SAME GROWTH IN ENERGY SERVICES IS MAINTAINED BUT POLICIES TO REDUCE GROWTH IN ENERGY USE ARE STRESSED; A THIRD OPTION CONSIDERS ZERO ENERGY GROWTH. IN A REVIEW OF ENERGY USE FOR TRANSPORTATION, THE TOTAL FUEL ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND ANNUAL RATE OF GROWTH ARE TABULATED. TRANSPORTATION ENERGY GROWTH COMES FROM GROWTH IN VEHICLE MILES AS WELL AS FROM REDUCED EFFICIENCY. THERE HAS BEEN A GENERAL SHIFT (IN BOTH PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRANSPORT) TOWARDS MODES THAT CONSUME MORE ENERGY. THE USE IS REVIEWED, OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION AND RETURN THE ENGINE TO A MORE EFFICIENT CONDITION. DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO REDUCE CONSUMPTION ARE: TECHNICAL IMPROVEMENTS, VOLUNTARY CUTBACKS IN CONSUMPTION, AND MANDATORY ALLOCATION AND RATIONING. EFFORTS TO DRAW PEOPLE BACK TO THE CITY AND THE DESIGN OF NEW COMMUNITIES WHERE HOMES ARE CLOSE TO JOBS AND COMMERCE, ARE WAYS TO REDUCE THE NEED FOR TRANSPORTATION ENERGY.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ford Foundation

    /Energy Policy Project
    ,   USA 
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 81 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00202495
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Prelim
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 19 1974 12:00AM