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Declining Transit Ridership: Revolutionary or Routine?

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. Read More


How Urban Design Affects VMT, Part II

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. Read More


How Urban Design Affects VMT, Part I

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 Read More


Will ‘Urbanization of the Suburbs’ Affect Vehicle Ownership?

Understanding the “urbanization of the suburbs” may provide insight into future vehicle ownership levels and in turn fuel demand. At the margin, would changes in suburban design prompt households to reduce vehicle ownership? Read More


Will Student Loan Debt Affect Vehicle Ownership?

Monthly debt payments of several hundred dollars, or more, mean that personal vehicle ownership may become impacted. At the margin, households may choose to own fewer vehicles to account for the need to make student loan payments. Read More


Crosspost: An Energy Policy of Dominance

Conservation can contribute to energy dominance. The less energy this country uses, the more it can sell to others. Read More


Energy Issues on the Periphery of First Presidential Debate

With the country enjoying a period of energy abundance and low prices at the pump, voters aren’t as concerned about what’s happening in the global oil market. That showed in the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Read More


Strategic Oil Reserve Gets Short-Changed in Political Debate

Despite the DOE and others making the case for a slimmer Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the U.S. is still vulnerable to wild price swings and global supply outages. Read More


Clinton’s Transition Team Sends Mixed Messages on Energy Policy

Picking Ken Salazar and John Podesta for high-level positions provides little clarity regarding energy and the environment policy since both advisers have different philosophies and it’s unclear which side would win out under a Clinton administration. Read More


Fracking Leaders Hamm and Sheffield Differ on Presidential Politics

Two major executives this past week gave differing views on this year's election. Continental's Harold Hamm spoke at the RNC in favor of Donald Trump, while Pioneer's CEO noted how the industry has performed better under Democratic administrations. Read More


Obama: The Accidental Energy Security President

Like presidents before him dating back to Richard Nixon, Barack Obama pledged to reduce dependence on crude oil imports and sever the country’s reliance on OPEC oil. But unlike others, Obama saw overall energy security improve markedly during his presidency. Read More


U.S. Military Leverages Alternative, Efficient Energy Technology to Improve Warfighting Ability

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. Read More