Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

Americans Driving More Than Ever Before

After a few years of sweet reversal of the VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) chart, then a few years of bouncing along what looked like a New Normal, things have turned around in a big way. Cheap gas being the primary culprit. Back to our old ways just like that, and making up for lost time.



Exploding Oil sparks concerns about what sparked exploding oil

Kind of makes the unsourced story about LPG cars seem like a fake-out.

According to Bloomberg, Enbridge Inc., Tesoro Corp., and True companies all won the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to refuse oil that had high levels of hydrogen sulfide, a highly flammable gas that can be a byproduct of oil production, after they started seeing oil with concentrations tens and even hundreds of times higher than what regulators have deemed safe for exposure. The danger of these elevated levels of gas in the oil was thrown into stark relief on July 6, when an unmanned, runaway train crashed carrying 72 cars of oil. Five of them exploded, killing 47.

via Exploding Oil Sparks Concerns From Railway and Pipeline Companies | Mother Jones.

L.A. interactive energy map



This map displays average monthly energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh) at the Census block group level between January 2011 and June 2012.

Goes nicely with the NYC report “NYC Energy Benchmarking Report for Non-Residential Properties”.

Interactive energy map of New York City

Block-by-block, very cool. Some areas are grayed out due to lack of information.

Total world energy consumption 1925-1965

…by fuel type.


Claimed source is Darmstadter, 1971.

Downhill racers: supply versus demand

IEA forecasts flat global oil demand for 2012.

U.S. average gasoline price chart, 6 years

Via Calculated Risk.

click to enlarge

We almost always ramp up the price in the spring.

Study shows fewer young Americans bothering to get driver’s license
January 1, 2012, 21:20
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Thought update: Decline in teen driving could very well be the big reason behind the decline in road fatalities in the US, which has gone begging for a proper explanation. As the average US driver ages, the driving population also becomes much safer — just like the cycling population. (Very old drivers are probably more likely than teen drivers to crash, however.)

But there are more fogies on the roads.