For a couple of weeks now, I have had the thought that if we just lower the speed limit on interstates and highways everywhere in the United States we would save gasoline and then be able to reduce some demand, lowering the prices of gasoline.
While I was surfing the net, I discovered just the same idea from a CNN reporter. I am not stealing the idea, but rather now just publicizing it.
It is said that the most fuel efficient speed for highways and interstates is 58 MPH. Read it any way you want to, but if the politicians and the public were really interested in a short-term plan of reducing gas consumption and gasoline prices we would lower the speed limit to 60 or 65 MPH. Some people would still drive faster than that, but at least the majority would drive at lower speeds, reducing consumption and in turn reducing the demand.
It is sort of ironic that in the last year or so Iowa has increased there speed limit on interstates from 65 to 70 MPH and highways have increased by 5 MPH too. If Gov. Chester Culver really was interested in making Iowa fuel efficient/eco-friendly he would have not passed a bill that increased the speed limits.
Just a thought.