GASOLINE RATIONING AS A SOLUTION TO RESOURCE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND URBAN PROBLEMS

THE ARTICLE INTRODUCES THE CONCEPT OF RATIONING AS A PLANNING TOOL AND DISCUSSES THE REASONS WHY IT IS NEEDED. THE IMPACTS OF SUCH AS IMPLEMENTATION ON MANY RELATED PROBLEMS ARE ALSO REVIEWED. CRUDE PETROLEUM PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION IN THE U.S. IS DISCUSSED. THE AUTOMOBILE IS CITED AS THE REASON FOR THE PHENOMENAL INCREASE IN PETROLEUM CONSUMPTION IN RECENT YEARS. THE DESIRABILITY FOR GASOLINE RATIONING IS EXAMINED AND PROPOSED AS A MEANS OF REDUCING THE DEMAND FOR A KEY NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCE WHICH WOULD ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLUTION OF VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL AND URBAN PROBLEMS. THE EFFECT OF GASOLINE RATIONING WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS. THIS IN TURN WOULD LEAD TO DEVELOPMENT ALONG THE CORRIDORS OF TRANSIT LANES, LEAVING ADJACENT AREAS OPEN AS EASILY ACCESSIBLE GREEN SPACE FOR USE BY THE URBAN POPULATION. SUCH A DEVELOPMENT OF MASS TRANSIT, WOULD REDUCE PEAK HOUR COMMUTER TRIPS AND SO SMOOTH OUT TRAFFIC VOLUME PEAKS AND CONJESTION. THE PRESSURE ON PARKING FACILITIES WOULD ALSO BE REDUCED. COMPACT DEVELOPMENT OF URBAN AREAS IS SEEN AS ANOTHER EFFECT OF THE SHIFT TO MASS TRANSIT. NEW AREAS WOULD HAVE A BETTER BALANCE OF HOMES, JOBS, SHOPPING, ENTERTAINMENT ETC. A GREATER PROPORTION OF VALUABLE URBAN LAND COULD BE PUT TO MORE PRODUCTIVE USE. EFFICIENT, CONTINUOUS ATTRACTIVE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS WOULD INCREASE THE URBAN TAX BASE BY AS MUCH AS THREE THREE-FOURTHS. REDUCED AUTOMOBILE USAGE WILL REDUCE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS BY A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE, AND AMBIENT AIR STANDARDS WILL BE IMPROVED. THE LOWER DEMAND FOR GASOLINE WOULD MEAN LOW-COST FUEL FOR OTHER PURPOSES SUCH AS HOME HEATING, AND LOWER PARKING FEES. RATIONING WILL HELP REDUCE SOCIAL INEQUITIES, IMPROVE GENERAL ATTITUDES AND CONTRIBUTE TO IMPROVED INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. ATTENTION IS DRAWN TO A REPORT BY THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WHICH REVIEWS A NUMBER OF METHODS OF REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION.

  • Authors:
    • Musial, J J
    • Stearns, J L
  • Publication Date: 1973-11

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  • Accession Number: 00202434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 1982 12:00AM