Beyond Oil in 20 Years

December 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

The cover story of the Jan/Feb 2011 Sierra magazine by Paul Rauber addresses how the United States might end its addiction to oil. “We consume 19.64 million barrels per day of liquefied plant and animal matter from the Mesozoic era. that works out to almost 3 gallons every day for every man, woman, and child in the country.” The amazing illustrations and stupefying facts in this article might suggest an unsolvable problem, but as the article says, “the good news is that we already know how to get around without oil.” It’s just a matter of getting there. Here’s a quick breakdown on our country’s oil usage:

  • cars and light trucks – 8.6 million barrels a day
  • big trucks and buses – 2.5 million barrels a day
  • air travel – 1.4 million barrels a day
  • heating – 6.5 million barrels a day
  • electricity, military, plastic, and other uses – 3.9 million barrels a day
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