Petroleum Reduction

Core to Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities’ mission is an effort to reduce mid-Michigan’s petroleum consumption. Our aim is to advance energy, economic, and environmental security on a local level. We promote alternative fuel and vehicle usage, and fuel economy practices.

Learn more about Petroleum Reduction:

Petroleum Reduction and National Security

Petroleum Reduction and Economic Health

Petroleum Reduction and Non-motorized Transportation

How much do we use? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, approximately 12 million barrels of petroleum per day is used directly for transportation. Learn more

How much does our consumption cost? “Oil price shocks and price manipulation by OPEC have cost our economy dearly—about $1.9 trillion from 2004 to 2008—and each major shock was followed by a recession.” (Source: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/oildep.shtml)

How does that compare to other nations’ usage? Based on 2007 numbers, Data360.org reports that U.S. petroleum usage – if divided among U.S. residents – would equal each person in the U.S. using 25 barrels of petroleum, while the rest of the world’s use equaled five barrels. This website also compares US petroleum usage to Japan – an economic rival to the U.S. and otherwise ally. Japan manages to compete on the world stage while using 4 times less petroleum per day than the US. Learn More

What are the alternatives? Many alternatives to petroleum for transportation exist or are under development including biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel), hydrogen, electric vehicles, and fuels like propane (liquefied for motor vehicle use) and compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas. The most accessible alternative is often overlooked, but very easy for most of us to implement – non-motorized transportation options, like walking and biking. Learn More

Why not drill for more domestic petroleum? Forecasts by the EIA show US potential supply of 12.5 million barrels per day by 2030. This amount of domestic production would barely cover our own use at today’s levels. Accounting for increased demand for fuel this supply would not meet transportation energy needs alone. Accessing offshore oil beneath the sea and shale oil is expensive and can be highly polluting, and avoids the issue of reducing dependence on this limited resource. Learn More

What’s the status of the alternatives? Because the transportation sector is so dependent on petroleum based fuels, alternatives have not yet become widely available. However, biofuels are quickly gaining ground in the marketplace and advanced vehicles are getting closer to mass production. Learn More