The Many Benefits of Half the Oil


| 7/23/2013 2:30:00 PM


Tags: oil, Union of Concerned Scientists, global warming, Half the Oil,

Half the Oil is a plan to cut projected U.S. oil use in half within 20 years.Reposted with permission from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

When it comes to oil use, our country is at a crossroads: we can put the U.S. on a path toward cutting projected oil consumption in half, or we can continue to threaten our health and economic well-being by moving to increasingly dirty, inaccessible and dangerous sources of oil.

The choice is clear. It is time to commit to creating a future in which we live in healthier communities, prosper from a strong economy, and help safeguard our planet against the disastrous effects of climate change.

It is time to set the country on a path toward Half the Oil.

Half the Oil and You

Spending Less on Gas: Transportation is the second-largest expense (after housing) for most North American households. Improving the fuel efficiency of passenger vehicles will reduce the amount Americans spend on gas, and is one of the biggest and most immediate consumer benefits of a Half the Oil future.

Saving Billions on Oil: Reaching a Half the Oil future would cut the total projected consumer spending on oil by $550 billion per year in 2035.


kevin.haendiges
7/31/2013 10:33:19 AM

I did click the links, man with no name, none of them represented anything that is likely to actually occur. People don't take money saved on fuel and spend it on job creation other than indirectly through personal spending. Yeah, they might create a few more restaurant and mall jobs as they spend their savings on themselves, but nothing that will tangibly increase the wealth of the nation as a whole since the majority of the jobs added will be low wage jobs. They aren't going to spend it directly on education or social services other than through their taxes, which most normal folks already think are too high. Until electric vehicles can compete head to head with gas powered cars in both range and price they won't sell as well.  Average Joe, regardless of what stilted polls may say, really doesn't care that much about the environment. The air and water is the cleanest it's been since the 70s according to the EPA, so they don't give it much thought. If anything they may be more concerned about China and India polluting while we pay higher prices for cleaner burning fuels while they do nothing. People are selfing beasts, whether you want to admit it or not, they don't give a fig about anyone but themselves unless they have to when it comes to energy. Most already feel that they sacrifice enough, they won't give up more as you claim that you have. kudos to you, but the rest of us are pigs, and likely to stay that way. You could cut oil use by 1%, and all you'd hear from the pigs is "How come gas went up $.01 again?"


kevin.haendiges
7/31/2013 10:29:33 AM

I did click the links, man with no name, none of them represented anything that is likely to actually occur. People don't take money saved on fuel and spend it on job creation other than indirectly through personal spending. Yeah, they might create a few more restaurant and mall jobs as they spend their savings on themselves, but nothing that will tangibly increase the wealth of the nation as a whole since the majority of the jobs added will be low wage jobs. They aren't going to spend it directly on education or social services other than through their taxes, which most normal folks already think are too high. Average Joe, regardless of what stilted polls may say, really doesn't care that much about the environment. The air and water is the cleanest it's been since the 70s according to the EPA, so they don't give it much thought. If anything they may be more concerned about China and India polluting while we pay higher prices for cleaner burning fuels while they do nothing. People are selfing beasts, whether you want to admit it or not, they don't give a fig about anyone but themselves unless they have to when it comes to energy. Most already feel that they sacrifice enough, they won't give up more as you claim that you have. kudos to you, but the rest of us are pigs, and likely to stay that way. You could cut oil use by 1%, and all you'd hear from the pigs is "How come gas went up $.01 again?"


kevin.haendiges
7/31/2013 10:28:52 AM

I did click the links, man with no name, none of them represented anything that is likely to actually occur. People don't take money saved on fuel and spend it on job creation other than indirectly through personal spending. Yeah, they might create a few more restaurant and mall jobs as they spend their savings on themselves, but nothing that will tangibly increase the wealth of the nation as a whole since the majority of the jobs added will be low wage jobs. They aren't going to spend it directly on education or social services other than through their taxes, which most normal folks already think are too high. Average Joe, regardless of what stilted polls may say, really doesn't care that much about the environment. The air and water is the cleanest it's been since the 70s according to the EPA, so they don't give it much thought. If anything they may be more concerned about China and India polluting while we pay higher prices for cleaner burning fuels while they do nothing. People are selfing beasts, whether you want to admit it or not, they don't give a fig about anyone but themselves unless they have to when it comes to energy. Most already feel that they sacrifice enough, they won't give up more as you claim that you have. kudos to you, but the rest of us are pigs, and likely to stay that way. You could cut oil use by 1%, and all you'd hear from the pigs is "How come gas went up $.01 again?"


anonymous
7/28/2013 2:32:23 PM

It might be useful if you clicked the links in the article before making such a critique. @kevin.haendiges. No one has suggested simply cutting the oil in half overnight. The Half the Oil site actually has a plan for greatly reducing demand, which will naturally halve the oil we use. 

I have already cut my fossil fuel usage in half or more simply by making changes in my own life and home. This is not hard, it just requires commitment.


kevin.haendiges
7/28/2013 11:29:16 AM

Tons of good intentions, yet not a single suggestion for how to acheive them. Typical ecohippie psychobabble. You cannot simply cut oil use in half, it would cripple the nation, and destroy the economy.




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