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.
Millions of Americans are angry about the White House’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and certainly their anger is justified. But just because our government won’t take action on climate change doesn’t mean we can’t.
Cut your driving by 20%. If every American who supports the Paris Agreement were to drive 20% less, it would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number of steps you can take….
Take transit to work, or try car pooling, one day a week.
Ask your boss if you can work from home one day a week.
Walk to the market instead of driving. Or share the trip with a friend who’s also shopping.
Think about taking local outings instead of longer trips.
Use your imagination. Everybody’s lifestyle is different, but ask yourself if you can change your driving habits to spend 20% less time on the road.
If Americans cut their driving by 20%, it would not only send a powerful message to the White House, but also to the oil companies. As long as we keep using fossil fuels, they’ll keep selling them. A 20% drop in their profits would let them know we want a faster transition to renewable energy.
Start your own Paris Agreement. Commit to cutting your driving by 20%.