Something that is made me intrigued over the last couple of days is the oil-spill going on in the Gold of Mexico…. gas prices have been going up considerably lately, then we have this oil leak that seems to be devastating not only financially, but ecologically too. Lastly, we know that we don’t have enough oil globally to fulfill the world’s oil needs for more than 20 years max…. so I wonder, what more reasons do people, governments, and (car) manufacturing companies need to finally do a real transition from oil/cars into sustainable commuting and cycling?
I’d like to see the per-capita portion of that chart broken down by county. PA is heavily skewed to the favorable by Pgh and Philly’s heavy transit usage, but the outlying counties — Butler, Westmoreland, etc. around here, for example — would be strongly suburban in nature, as opposed to very rural counties like Venango, Mercer, etc.
THEN compare the chart to the ’08 election results.
one year ould move me from low to high at 30 mpg. right?
That would partly explain why the per-capita consumption in Texas is high but their total use is (in perspective) not all the much higher than New Jersey at a fraction of their size. You have to drive a long way to get anywhere in a lot of Texas. Actually, Wyoming is a better example. Very little total use but everyone drives a lot.
Interesting to note that California is moderate per-capita but total consumption is so high. I guess that’s because by population they are like the sixth or seventh largest country in the world.
They may not drive as far but there’s a heck of a lot of cars on the road.
Anectodally from my personal experience I think Chicago must be carrying Illinois because when I lived there they were 10 years behind Pittsburgh in reducing energy use and 15 years behind where I grew up on the East Coast.