Reducing Oil Dependency Strikes a Chord With Americans

A new poll from Transportation for America shows that Americans respond to the call to reduce oil dependency, particularly when told how much of the U.S.'s oil intake goes to transportation.

In this editorial from Transportation for America, staffers David Goldberg and Stephen Davis write, "So what's the lesson? We all need to start talking about the 70 percent solution to oil dependency: reducing the amount we burn for transportation. There are three ways to do it: More efficient vehicles, renewable and/or diversified fuel sources, and spending less time driving around. The technology for the first two is in development, while the technology for the last has existed in one form or another for many, many years. Walkable neighborhoods, streetcars, light rail, buses, and safe streets for walking can work in tandem with newer technologies such as broadband internet and wireless networks, to make it possible for people to avoid some trips, take others by transit, foot or bike -- and still drive their hybrids when it makes sense to do so."

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