The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) are some of our favorite EcoGeeks. They have long advocated getting away from the import of foreign oil for America's energy needs.
To help illustrate the point, they now have an interactive global map that shows oil imports to the United States on a month-by month basis since 1973. With this map, you can see where oil is coming from, as well as relative volumes.
RMI has proposed a four prong plan for ending oil imports and increasing energy self-sufficiency in the U.S. They advocate "saving half the oil America uses, and substituting cheaper alternatives for the other half" through doubling the efficiency of the oil that is currently used, adopting superlight vehicles to improve transportation efficiency, developing domestic biofuels to offset another quarter of current consumption and increasing efficiency of natural gas use. According to RMI, by 2050 it would be possible for the United States to be "completely off oil."
Since we've just spent the last week paying a lot of attention to all the new vehicles being proposed at this year's North American International Auto Show, now is a good time to be thinking about the energy sources those vehicles will need to work from in the coming years.
As we have often pointed out, transforming energy consumption patterns is not going to be an overnight project. Long term strategies need to be developed to migrate the country into patterns that will be supportable in the future.
Thanks, John B
link: Rocky Mountain Institute
written by Tim, January 22, 2009
written by Fred, June 26, 2009
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