The Oil Drum: New York City

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Carpooling for Katrina?

I feel rather helpless watching Katrina bear down on Southern Louisiana, the great city of New Orleans and the entire state of Mississippi. This could be an enormous disaster that ripples well beyond the directly affected disaster zone. Indeed, the port of Southern Louisiana handles a significant percentage of US oil imports from abroad. There are also major offshore and onshore oil production and refining facilities that will at least be closed for at least a few precious days, instead of running at full capacity, necessary to maintain current supply levels. If they are severely damaged (it may take weeks or months to bring back online) the economic impacts will echo throughout the entire United States. Katrina could reduce the gas supply by 5-10%. The impact on prices could be significant.

For more detail on this unfolding crisis, please stay tuned for updates from The Oil Drum.

What can we New Yorkers do to help soften the economic blow? Reduce our gas consumption in any ways that make sense. In a word: Carpool!

In the weeks after 9/11, the city imposed a ban on single occupant passenger cars entering the city during the morning commute. I think this should temporarily be re-instituted as long as necessary to help the nation reduce its demand at a time when supply is short.

Please write to your councilperson, the Mayor and other elected officials to reduce demand locally through banning single occupant vehicles during the morning commute into Manhattan and reducing official vehicle use as much as possible. I would also love to see community leaders call for voluntary reductions in consumption that make sense.

Please write to your national level elected officials in the House and Senate that measures to reduce demand should be taken before opening the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

Swift action to voluntarily reduce demand could stave off a crisis and help preserve our SPR for even worse disasters or national security crises (like Iran/OPEC cutting supplies).

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At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Californians need to learn about Carpooling for Katrina too!

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