Analysis and rationality in a nonrational world

May 31, 2006

The simple list of ways to reduce our reliance on oil

Filed under: Energy — analysis @ 1:36 am

1. Forget corn-based ethanol. It takes too much energy to grow.
2. Heavier taxes on gasoline and petrodiesel (but not biodiesel) to pay for ALL road and bridge building. No more property taxes going for roads!
3. Untaxed biodiesel.
4. Relaxed diesel emissions standards (except for sulfur.)
5. People, for God’s sake, start thinking about power consumption when buying computers, air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines.
6. More replacement of incandescent bulbs with fluourescent lights.
7. Fewer lights where they’re not needed.
8. Shut off the lights when you leave the room.
9. 68 degrees and a sweater in winter.
10. Take away the black windows from SUVs and minivans so people can see through them.
11. Require special licenses for vehicles over 4,500 pounds to reduce the number of big SUVs and MPVs.
12. …which will make people feel safer when buying cars, so they buy cars, which get better mileage.
13. More emphasis on population reduction. Fewer people, fewer cars.
14. Buying a house? Get a smaller one, not a bigger one.
15. Central air – more efficient than window units!
16. Insulation
17. SHUT OFF THE FREAKIN’ TELEVISION!!!! In the bar, the restaurant, the department store, the waiting room.
18. LCD screens – $250 now!
19. Laser printers. Use more power when printing, but toner carts last much longer and are less energy intensive overall. They pay for themselves.
20. Use the Energy Saver feature in your computer.
21. Front-loading washing machines. You’d be SHOCKED. Not just 1/3 or less of the water (including HOT water of course) – but also HALF the drying time. Oh, and it’s better for your clothing.

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  1. Re: Corn to ethanol. Too costly.

    Use ANY vegetable waste and conversion bacteria to make sugars and ferment to ethanol.

    A work in progress and no subsidies to grow and transport the maize!

    Comment by William — June 22, 2006 @ 9:23 pm


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