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Asphalt is Oil: Why Electric Cars Don’t Fully Solve Our Dependence on Oil

Posted in Alt Fuels, Roads by Ryan | June 7th, 2008 | 2 Responses |

asphalt made of oil

Our road infrastructure continues to deteriorate, and the growing cost of oil will ensure that things get a lot worse before they get better. After all, the millions of miles of roads in this country are largely made out of oil. Yes, even when you’re driving that electric car, you’re still dependent on a lot of foreign oil.

As oil prices skyrocket, and the demand for oil continues to grow at unprecedented levels, many people are pointing to alternative energy sources for our vehicles as the key to both global warming and energy independence. But the story is a lot more complicated, and even our most energy efficient vehicles still need roads to drive on.

The fact of the matter is that our solutions for energy independence need to be a lot more comprehensive and groundbreaking than current proposals. Making better engines for our vehicles is a good start. But what about the roads we drive on?

Hopefully the next president of the United States takes this issue seriously enough and creates a mandate for radical change at all levels of our transportation infrastructure.

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  1. Jesse says:

    I’ve driven on lots of interstates, highways, and streets that are made of concrete. I recall the rational for making asphalt roads is that in annual budgets it’s cheaper, but long term asphalt is most expensive. So basicly the problem is budgetary bs, not dependance on oil for asphalt. Get cities, counties, and states to stop the annual cost evaluation and instead, think longterm about roads like they do about their careers, and we wouldn’t have this mess.

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