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Washingtons Energy Diet Presentation for Energy Forum, 34 th District Democrats July 15, 2006
Washington States Energy Diet What do we use? What do we do with it? Recent trends An overlooked solution
Energy: What we use Oil: about half of the states energy 150 million barrels per year At todays prices: $1,700 per person
Energy: How we use it Transportation: virtually all is oil. Half of transportation energy goes to cars. Cars use more energy than homes.
Gasoline: Long term growth Consumption quadrupled since 1950 But…basically flat for 8 years! Adding in diesel, highway fuels still rising Gasoline Gasoline + Diesel
Gasoline: per capita Stuck at high plateau 50% more per person than BC Signs that prices are having an impact? Washington British Columbia
High prices dampening demand? Since 1996, per-person consumption has declined by ~10 percent. Washington British Columbia
Sprawl: What is it? Low density housing Homes separated from stores and services Driving a necessity
Pedestrian- friendly neighborhood: Stores and services are within an easy walk of homes
Sprawling neighborhood: Few destinations within walking distance
Compact neighborhoods reduce driving Sprawling, low- density areas induce extra driving Neighborhood design as important as car design.
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