Conservation: 80% of Oil is Waste (green to
We know we can move a ton 423 miles using
one gallon of fuel (diesel). Yet in four billion of the eight
billion miles Americans drive daily in congested, repetitive travel we
move a person 18 miles using one gallon of fuel.
There is no energy crisis; there is a waste
of energy crisis. Ending the waste, ends the crisis, ends Global
Warming and ends Peak Oil.
The following chart shows sources and uses of
power. Power generation infrastructure (orange) is 69% inefficient. Oil
and transportation at the bottom is 80% inefficient. Protected from
competition by government policies, these infrastructures represent 100
year old know-how.
Oil prices will stabilize as efficiencies reduce
demand; inflation will be suppressed. Decreasing oil imports will help
the trade deficit and strengthen the dollar. Jobs created by re-tooling
to sustainable infrastructure and lower costs will enable people to
afford both their house payment and getting to work.
Why move a ton to move a person?
A waste is so great, it is changing the climate.
Waste indicated in Livermore graph accepts that
moving a ton to move a person is appropriate.
Greater efficiencies are practical by challenging
the assumption we must move a ton to move a person. This is illustrated
by Parasitic Energy Consumption (PEC), a ratio of power required for a
PEC illustrates the waste of massive vehicles in
stop and go traffic.
"Beam me up Scotty", moving only what you want to
move non-stop is perfect use of energy. It has a PEC equal to 1.
Increasing Parasitic Mass (vehicle mass) and
Stop-Starts increases relative waste.
PEC based on a 200 lb passenger
PEC = 290
3 tons of vehicle
PEC = 275
1 ton vehicle
PEC = 4
450 lb of vehicle
PEC = 1
Relative waste of massive vehicles in stop and go
FTE is Freight Train Equivalent. Long-haul freight
and sea borne shipping set a "gold standard" of about 436 ton-miles per
gallon of diesel. With that level of efficiency Global Warming and Peak
Oil would not be problems.
Wonderful commercial by
Chevron on why, if we imagine it, we can change the lifeblood of our
economy from oil to ingenuity.