Greenjobs: A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment

By A. Bronwyn Llewellyn; James P. Hendrix et al. | Go to book overview
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Chapter 6:
Green Transportation

> “The horsepower party that automakers have been
reveling in the last few years seems to be coming to
an end. The hangover may be about to begin.”
—New York Times, September 26, 2007

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli observed, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” But any way you slice them, the numbers tell a stark tale about transportation, oil dependence, and global warming pollution in the United States. Consider these:
Nearly twenty-one million barrels of oil are consumed in the United States each day.
Over 67 percent of the oil consumed in the United States is used for transportation.
40 percent of total U.S. energy use is from petroleum.
One-third of this country’s annual carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) emissions come from transportation.
19 percent of U.S. household expenditures are annual car costs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2001).
The 2006 model year includes the heaviest vehicles in thirty years in the United States.

This country managed to stay self-sufficient in meeting its national energy needs through the 1950s, but our increasing thirst for oil now requires us to import 58 percent of the oil we use.

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