This is an excellent, easy-to-understand analysis of the energy challenges this country faces. It playfully plays off Paris Hilton’s “candidacy”, but includes important data and informative links.
Kudos to the Christian Science Monitor for putting the drilling vs. conservation issues into perspective.
So in short, the Hilton Plan seems to have it backward: Even under fairly conservative estimates we have the ability to develop more fuel-efficient technology before we can access all the oil that’s offshore.
But it also looks like, even with such technology, the United States would still need to be importing significant amounts of oil from abroad in the coming decades. If we really wanted to get ourselves off the sauce, we’d need to combine these technological improvements with developing walkable communities and extending public transit.
Just don’t read the comments that come after the article. The big debate there is whether Hilton is, in fact, hot.
I mean, DUH!