The biggest problem is in this world is that is way too many people here and population keeps on rising. There is no way to stop our demise without some sort of disease or natural disaster to limit our population. sorry to be so morbid but it is the truth
Yes, it is said that a sustainable world population of humans is around 2 billion. We are heading towards 9 billion.
You do know that Hemp fuel/oil would be the greatest thing. A plant that is the most universal the world has to offer. Something that can be grown anywhere, would make clothes, foods, buildings, houses, cars, plastics, fuel, and of course OIL.
World without oil? What about the oil we need for lubrication? Oil that is used in many engines, motors, and other machinery? How about hydraulic fluids? We get more than gasoline from petroleum. How about plastics?
See Moving Beyond Oil at www.aesopinstitute.org
Note 400 Chernobyls? on the same website to understand why superseding fossil fuels can take place much more rapidly than might be imagined.
Nice graphical representation, but the pic for 8.8 of 10 Americans commute by car shows 7.8 cars out of 10. Otherwise very well done.
I totally agree with Ron's suggestion of taxing gas an additional $3.00. It would be very painful for the 99% of the Nation, but pain is a great motivator for us to do what we need to do.
Taxation hasn't stopped people fom smoking or drinking.
Our national goal should be to totally remove ourselves from the use of oil, as quickly as possible; while reserving the remaining oil within our control. In other words: Instead of being dependent on the last drops of oil left; we should be in a position to be selling the last drops of oil left.
fracking - as you suggest - also includes damaging/poisoning the underground water tables. It is not a viable source at the expense of contaminating our natural water supplies.
If you knew 5 minutes before the Titanic hit the iceberg, would you say - I and my family and friends are all going to die OR what steps can I take to give them the best chance possible to survive. (btw - the very best research on long term survival points to not personal, but immediate community networking and cooperation. ...and guess what else guns actually count less than connecting with neighbors!)
What can we do? At the moment, it sure looks like we are screwed.
Tax gas an additional $3 per gallon. Many people will start walking and bicycling to and from school and work and the to grocery store. People will stop buying those big gas guzzling SUV's and get motorcycles and mopeds instead for longer commutes. This will encourage alternative fuel useage, and electric cars will start selling like crazy (which will bring their prices down to much more realistic values).
Hey annonymous, I have been to the UK and guess what TAXING DOES MATTER! The vast majority of vehicles are small and run 4 cylinders. No V8 vettes, camaros, mustangs, challengers, tundras, silverados, tundras, f150s, rams or suvs. And people use mass transit MUCH more extensively.