25 X 25. What's in YOUR Wallet?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
25 x 25 whats in your wallet

A widely touted goal of the environmental movement: increasing American's percentage of renewable energy use to 25 percent by 2025. According to a report by the RAND corporation, meeting the so-called "25 by 25" goal without significant consumer cost will require "major technological developments." Green Car Congress reports that 9.5 percent of electricity and 1.6 percent of motor vehicle fuel currently comes from renewable energy sources. The RAND report identifies biomass and wind energy as the two greatest opportunities for meeting the 25 by 25 goal. But it also points out that both require significant improvement to make a low-cost impact on renewable energy usage. For motor vehicles in particular, biomass-based (non-foodstock) "second-gen" biofuels must become significantly cheaper and more prevalent. Reducing renewable fuel goals to 10 or 15 percent by 2025 would also disproportionately reduce consumer expenses. Then again, the higher the cost to consumers, the more competitive renewable fuels become. The preceeding was brought to you by the Energy Future Coalition of UAW Boss Ron Gettelfinger's "Marshall Plan" fame. Over to you, taxpayers.

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  • RedStapler RedStapler on Jun 26, 2008

    YourNameHere: Most of the class 8 fleet in North America is governed between 62-68mph. This has been creeping down. The company I used to work for (Con-Way) turned down the tractors to 62mph late last year. Allowing long combination vehicles on the entire Interstate system could dramatically increase the efficiency of the freight system.

  • JJ JJ on Jun 26, 2008

    Here in the Netherlands we have some big windmill parks (and, NO, I don't mean classic windmills by that), in particular, there will be a big park off the North Sea coast that is under construction right now. Costs are way higher compared to the traditional energy sources and IMO, it remains to be seen if that is really offset by environmental considerations. Also, I should note that in essense we are a socialist country, seeing as though even the political party that is considered right wing by most of the people has a program that would be considered decideldly 'left' by the US democrats. Obviously, this facilitates money-burning projects while waiting lists in hospitals rise and rise due to 'lack of funds' despite of 52% income taxes etc.

  • TokyoEnthusiast TokyoEnthusiast on Jun 26, 2008

    >The Dems will make sure it’s not domestic oil Not to harp on this, but what is the big deal about 'domestic' oil? Can the US make enough oil to meet a significant portion of its needs for the next 50-60 years? (That is the only middle term worth discussing)

  • Cavendel Cavendel on Jun 26, 2008
    yournamehere : June 25th, 2008 at 6:02 pm i wonder what would happen if… A- every car sold after 2010 had start/stop technology B- semi trucks were limited to 60mph and were not aloud to let the engine run for hours on end while parked. C- all tires are filled with nitrogen Start/stop tech seems like a winner, but I'm not sure about the other two. I would think that $4-5/gallon diesel should take care of the idling truck problem. Can you explain the advantages of nitrogen? Tires hold their pressure quite well unless they have a leak, and pure nitrogen will escape a leak just as well as air. Since air is 80% nitrogen anyway, if the tire leaks the other gases and you keep topping up with air, you'll soon have a tire that is pure nitrogen anyway.