Welcome to the Beyond Oil Volunteer Network! For these Critical Reasons we will mobilize local chapter volunteers toward the demand-side goal of cutting U.S. oil demand in half 2005-2030 by achievable actions in cities to:
- Reduce driving via Building Healthy Communities with great transit, "complete streets" for safe and pleasant bicycling and walking, convenient and verdant neighborhoods, efficient buildings, shorter trips, ride-sharing, and better transportation funding and parking policies;
- Rapidly expand the market and charging infrastructure for Electric Vehicles for other trips, including buses and other fleets; and
- Reduce diesel via electric local trucks, freight to rail and electrifying rail, and intercity passenger high speed rail in our Freight/Rail campaign.
Please join our team, and also email darrell[dot]clarke at the Sierra Club so we can contact you back.
- Oil Savings Model and Oil Facts
- Sierra Club Transportation Policy and Energy Resources Policy (PDF)
- Sierra Club reference pages and chapters
- External references / organizations
- Beyond Oil main
Team News & Views
World oil production has been relatively flat since 2005. Although the U.S. has been using less and producing more oil, with China and India importing more plus the rest of the world's demand and big old fields depleting there's reason to expect prices continue higher. (Mb/d = Million barrels per day)
Oil poisons our air, water, land ...
and climate. Unprecedented heat-trapping CO2 emissions ...
Our focus is to help organize volunteers in Chapters and Groups act locally - our "boots on the ground" and the Sierra Club's strength! Key actions for Beyond Oil include:
- Publicize this larger vision and individuals’ choices now to “Drive Less / Drive Electric”
Building Healthy Communities - promote cities / regional agencies'
For the U.S. as a whole over 3/4 of people drove alone to work:
This spreadsheet summarizes the U.S. Census' American Community Survey for selected cities and metropolitan areas for 2011 and for the whole U.S. for 2006-2012.
We've had a real-world case study on the effect of pricing on gasoline use and vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
From 2002-12 U.S. gasoline prices rose 156% (more than doubled - Prices page), motor gasoline use peaked in 2007 and fell 1.6% (Fuels page), and VMT also peaked in 2007 and rose 2.9% (VMT page).