Energy Policy and Transportation

In discussing the future of transportation, it is important to understand that large part of the U.S. transportation involves the movement of energy.  But it is in the use of that energy that we are able to enjoy “the American way of life”.   It is clear that the availability of energy will largely shape our economic future.

Here is a new video from the PACE Institute.  (I met with Lance Brown when he was filming this video in New Orleans and he spoke at the  ITTS Conference in Memphis.)   He raises the question that new energy policies should not ignore the costs to consumers when considering new options.  Such considerations are important, especially when considering new policies.

This does not necessary appear to be a contrast to the broader question about the future of energy, as highlighted or by Chris Martenson.  Mr. Martenson suggests we are past peak oil, and the future of energy will dramatically change over the next twenty years from increased competition and misaligned expectations regarding energy policies and availability.  (This was one of the four scenarios “One World Order” outlined in discussed at the AASHTO/Freight Partnership meeting.

These discussions about energy production and use suggest that a discussion on energy, ranging  consumer and business costs, cargoes carried and mode, to social costs (externalities) of transportation (emissions, noise, etc.) such as in GAO report 11-134,  and pipeline safety, are just as relevant when discussing energy policy as is the creation of the energy itself.




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