Sunday, August 19, 2007

"We're half as good at birth control

for cars as we are for people."

That quote is from the following video :
Transportation: Oil, Hydrogen, Biofuels, and Coal, 2006
[about an hour long, more if you sit through the q&a]

Some numbers I found fascinating [I haven't fact-checked any of them]:
  • The world uses one cubic mile of oil per year.
  • The US uses 10,000 gallons of oil per second.
  • There are 800,000,000 vehicles in the world today, 400,000 of which are hybrids.
  • At the current growth rate there will be 2 billion vehicles in the world in 2050.

The second speaker, Amory Lovins, CEO of Rocky Mountain Institute, mentions the website for his book, Winning the Oil Endgame, so I provide you some links here. I'm a bit skeptical of some of the ideas promulgated by RMI, but it's worth listening to the video and browsing their website.

found the video here, of all places

If you're tired of the whole energy debate, you can find all kinds of other interesting stuff from the Aspen Ideas Festival.

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