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Why we need to take today’s high fuel costs – The morning call

As a person who has been building for 45 years and has been educating about green building and climate change since 2004, I think it is important for everyone to understand that delaying maintenance and repairs is inevitably more expensive than actively addressing the issue.

Every crack in the road allows water to penetrate, eroding the substrate, and in winter it freezes and causes further damage and deterioration. Preventive maintenance and repairs are needed on buildings and roads.

Some of this year’s candidates for public office have repeatedly promised to cut gas taxes to reduce the pain of the pump. What I hear when they say that the candidate is ready to actually go bankrupt is the State Department of Highways, and the candidate doesn’t care that our roads are ruined because the state can’t afford to repair them.

It should be reminded that gas tax is paid for road repairs and maintenance. The suspension of the gas tax is jeopardizing our roads and bridges due to lack of funds that will not be available in the future due to our short-sighted solutions today.

One of the problems with electric cars is that because they do not use gas or diesel, they do not contribute to the cost of maintaining and repairing the roads on which they drive. States are working to address this issue.

Construction costs increase by about 8-10% per year, so deferred maintenance is always more expensive. Costs in 2021 were more than 23% higher than before the 2019 pandemic. I remember when a 4 by 8 drywall sheet cost less than $ 1.99, and if it exceeded $ 2, builders complained, thinking how they could make a living, now it costs $ 10.99.

We need to take high fuel costs as an incentive to work to reduce oil and gas use.

The solution to high fuel costs is to focus on energy efficiency. Investing in efficiency as an energy saving tool brings long-term dividends, reducing our long-term fuel needs.

We must follow the example of President Jimmy Carter, whose focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy has led to a 15% drop in energy use in 10 years. Energy Information Administration. Carter also helped reduced the volume of imported oil and increased domestic production.

Such a policy has led to 20 years of low oil prices, which President Reagan attributed when deregulating the industry. This was only the second time our energy consumption had dropped. The first time this happened was due to the Arab oil embargo, when the price of oil doubled in a few months, as a result of which we reduced our use by about 8%.

I remember having to take gas on regular days because it was standardized. Carter’s introduction of fuel economy standards has helped the automotive and freight industries improve the efficiency of their products and reduce emissions.

At the time they were proposed, the companies complained about the inability to achieve the goals, but in the end they achieved those goals. Carter’s policies not only reduced our energy consumption, but also led to many years economic growth, as our GDP has grown by 94% during this time..

Focusing on energy efficiency, our country, which used to be the largest consumer of energy per person, has dropped to 11th place on the list. One of the government’s most successful energy efficiency efforts is Energy Star Programwhich awards 20% of the best energy efficient products with Energy Star certification.

Competition for this appointment has improved the efficiency of the entire industry. Improving energy efficiency is six times more efficient reducing climate change than adding renewable energy, and has a much better return on investment.

It is time to focus on sustainable solutions, and the artificial reduction of oil and gas prices by abolishing the gas tax is not sustainable at all. Instead, we need to raise the gas tax and invest money in sustainable technologies that will wean us off the need to burn fossil fuels, including convenient mass transit, which is unfortunately lacking in the Lichai Valley.

Investing in a reliable and sustainable energy grid will allow us to move to a fully electric future.

Wondering why the cost of fuel in Europe is much higher than ours? Because fuel taxes of up to 24%. Roads and railways in Europe have benefited from public investment using these funds.

Europe is well ahead of the US in green building in part because they pay much more for fuel and because of much stricter building codes that promote efficient technologies.

Knee reactions to high energy costs are not the answer. We need well-thought-out solutions that lead the U.S. to a more sustainable future, and there are many sustainable technologies.

Just look at the movement of the finished Zero Energy home, which produces homes that use almost no energy and add solar systems that provide the home and charge the car.

Bruce Wilson, a resident of Upper Sakon, is a builder who specializes in green projects.

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