In spite of years of protests, the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines are both moving forward. It’s obvious big oil isn’t listening, and neither is the White House.
So what can we do?
Use less oil. It’s that simple. Oil companies build infrastructure based on how much money they think they can make off it. When oil prices started diving a couple of years ago, the industry cancelled or postponed construction of over 20 major projects. There’s no point spending money on infrastructure if it’s not going to pay off.
What if everybody cut their driving by 20%? The oil market is already shaky, with soft prices making investors nervous. If we use less, supply will increase, and that will drive prices lower. And it will also make oil companies think twice about plowing billions into building new pipelines.
So how about it? Can you cut the amount of time you spend behind the wheel by 20%? Not only would you be helping move the country toward clean energy, but you wouldn’t spend so much time stuck in traffic. It’s win win.