Friday, March 7, 2008

Raising the age, lowering the consumption



Governor Jodi Rell says she's not interested in raising the driving age from 16 to 17. Aside from the safety issues, she (and the legislation) should consider this effect on energy consumption. According to the 2000 census, about 2% of the driving-age population is 16. A 2% reduction in fuel consumption would be a significant achievement. Actually, it might be higher as a 16-year-old might spend more time on the road than an 80-year-old. I would encourage the legislation to investigate this more thoroughly.

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Nagor said...
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Anonymous said...

Parents will drive the teens, so there might be extra fuel burned do to extra trips...