for Fuel Consumption
As with physical sprawl, social sprawl generally causes fuel consumption to increase, through initiating several mechanisms leading to both increased vehicle ownership and increased vehicle travel.
Sprawl has a major impact on travel by extending trip distances in urban landscapes as well as creating a need for additional vehicle trips, by undermining the walkability as well as the densities needed for transit.
If the ability to pay for a new automobile is impaired by the taxation of student debt forgiveness, the costs of vehicle ownership relative to available household funds could escalate beyond affordability.
While transit vehicles have become substantially more fuel efficient in recent years, declining ridership makes it very hard to take full advantage of these gains in efficiency.
Between 1950 and 1980, central city densities plunged, VMT soared, and transit ridership plummeted. Many commentators have speculated whether renewed “urbanization” will lead to large reductions in vehicle ownership and VMT.
Clear recognition of the link between urban design and VMT is crucial to understanding the relevance of urban planning movements pursuing “compact development” to reduce fuel consumption and oil dependence
Experts: Military energy reform efforts not only save money and reduce fuel consumption—they improve the Department of Defense’s effectiveness, and ultimately save lives of American soldiers.
A new startup is hoping that its system of on-demand gasoline delivery will ultimately make the process of obtaining fuel more convenient and efficient.