Are you biking more because of the high gas prices?

I love this story because it backs up my own behavior. With gas prices skyrocketing I find myself biking for local errands, and I’ve begun to love it 다운로드!

Nearly 70 percent of Americans’ car trips are less than two miles long. It’s a no-brainer that biking instead of driving to take care of these trips is a great way to get exercise while cutting air pollution 편의점 이력서 다운로드.

Last week, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives published findings from a study by scientists at the University of Wisconsin on the economic and health benefits of switching from a car to a bike for trips shorter than five miles long in 11 metropolitan areas around the upper Midwest…they’d create a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion per year from the increase in air quality and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs epson 드라이버.

via Good – (thx to Amy Senger)

 

The full story via NPR’s Health Blog 다운로드.

 

 

Gasoline use drops to 2001 levels – recent data shows

The following chart shows U.S. petroleum and gasoline usage for the same three-month period (Dec-Feb) going back to 1992.

Note that petroleum usage is back to 1995 levels, and gasoline usage is back to 2001 윤고딕 서체 다운로드.

Chart via Global Economic Analysis – (thx to Steven Witt for the tip)

 

This graph highlights a continuing U.S 웃음소리 효과음 다운로드. trend where oil imports have also dropped to 13 year lows, and we are importing less than half of our oil 다운로드.

The Oil Industry – the most developed world industry, twice the size of the food industry

In 1950, the United States was the only country with a well developed oil industry. Today, the energy sector as a whole is the largest industry in the world and accounts for over $3 trillion dollars in annual sales ios 13 public beta download. The second largest global industry, food, accounts for $1.7 trillion. Between 1950 and 1973 the world oil industry grew 9-fold – a rate of increase of 10% per year, sustained over a period of 20 years 다운로드. During that time period, the world produced over 2.5 billion new motor vehicles, half of which in the United States.

The world demand for oil has multiplied from 11 million barrels per day (mbd) in 1950, to 57 mbd in 1970, to almost 80 mbd today mssql 2012 standard download. The United States consumes 20.7 mbd, which is the most of any nation and equals the consumption of the next 5 largest national consumers (China, Japan, Germany, Russia and India) 다운로드. World demand has recently grown as the economies of China (6.5 mbd) and India (2.3 mbd) have developed, but the United States remains the largest consumer 다운로드.

The five largest producers of oil are Saudi Arabia (10.37 mbd), Russia (9.27), United States (8.69), Iran (4.09) and Mexico (3.86). Proven oil reserves are concentrated in the Middle East (60%) 다운로드.

via Joseph Coton Wright at Berkeley

Favorite Commercials: Gas powered everything…except the Nissan LEAF

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Created to promote the electric-powered Nissan LEAF, the commercial takes a humorous look at the advantages of electricity 다운로드. More interestingly, Nissan takes a swipe at the Chevrolet Volt which is a range-extended electric vehicle that uses a petrol engine to extend its 25 to 50 mile (40 to 80 km) range on electricity alone 다운로드.

AES power plant in Huntington Beach

If you drive down PCH in Huntington Beach you will pass the only power plant in Orange County asp 첨부파일 다운로드. Located at Newland and PCH, across the street from the beach.

The natural gas plant is owned by AES a leading global power company with 132 plants in 32 countries with $17 billion in revenue 다운로드. It is currently listed at #150 on the Fortune 500 (pdf) 윈도우7 ios 다운로드.

In California, it operates 2 other natural gas plants in Los Alamitos and Redondo Beach 피파 18 한글 다운로드. As well as 5 wind stations. Although, the largest section of its portfolio are coal powered plants located elsewhere in the USA.

The plant in Huntington Beach was purchased from Southern California Edison in 1998 and has been in operation since 1958 다운로드. It uses conventional GM steam turbines among others 옛날 폰트 다운로드.

In 2001, the company petitioned to upgrade and then turn on gas burners 3 and 4 (additional source), which would bring the capacity up to 904 MW 블루스택 1. They were successful and, in 2002, the city valued the plant at $325 million 다운로드.

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