Expert questions EPA's excitement about fuel efficiency

3 years 3 months 1 week ago Thursday, October 09 2014 Oct 9, 2014 Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:33:00 PM CDT October 09, 2014 in 8 Goes Green
By: Tiege Dooley-Panko, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The EPA said Wednesday fuel economy was at an all time high in the United States. A local energy expert who works closely with the city on energy matters says the celebration isn't warranted.

"It's a little disappointing how much sunshine, roses and unicorns the EPA throws on the fuel efficiency topic like it's some huge triumph to get from 22 to 24 miles a gallon in 30 years," said the owner of H2OC Solar Engineering in Columbia.

Tom O'Connor said there has been a tiny upswing in fuel economy, but it's taken a while.

"30 years ago we were getting an average of 22 miles per gallon, and now 30 years later we're getting 24 miles per gallon, so it doesn't seem like huge progress really," said O'Connor.

O'Connor said the U.S. is moving very slowly to be more fuel efficient, but other countries have already advanced.

He and his wife often travel to the UK, where he says there is more fuel efficiency. 

"We rent cars that get 70 miles or more per gallon and those cars could be Fords," O'Connor said. "I wish we could get them here."

O'Connor said he doesn't know why such cars aren't as readily available in the U.S.

"That's the million dollar question. I don't know. Maybe we're not that sophisticated in some ways. We'll get there," said O'Connor.

"There's a multitude of players. There's a lot of money flowing," said O'Connor. "Petroleum is a world commodity and we spend a lot of money on it."

O'Connor said Columbia sends $100 million or more out of town every year to pay for fuel.

"The folks that receive our $100 million would very much like it to keep going," he said.

O'Connor said there are political, economic, and social factors at play.

 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Dean Dohrman, (R-La Monte) has introduced House Bill 1528 to the Missouri Legislature. The bill requires... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 2:21:00 PM CST January 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - Governor Greitens' attorney said Friday the rumors about Greitens possibly resigning hold "zero truth". Rumors of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 1:21:00 PM CST January 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Property restrictions based on race and ethnicity are not a thing of the past, in fact, they can... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 11:37:00 AM CST January 19, 2018 in News
SEDALIA (AP) — An 18-year-old staying at a Missouri ranch for homeless boys has been charged with killing a woman... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 9:56:00 AM CST January 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Two Kansas City brothers have been charged with killing a man and then dumping his... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 9:11:00 AM CST January 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - "From the early 1900s to the 1960s, the Sharp End business district was a city within a city... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 7:43:00 AM CST January 19, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man who was thousands of dollars in debt from a drunken driving... More >>
1 day ago Friday, January 19 2018 Jan 19, 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 5:32:30 AM CST January 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Deputies booked two men into the Boone County Jail on suspicion of various charges, including an apparent plan... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:45:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Some students were “striving” for a new learning experience Thursday night. Parents of students with autism gathered... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:22:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
FULTON - The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is using more than $16,000 seized during a 2013 drug investigation for a... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:08:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Several department directors for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens have finally won Senate confirmation for their... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 5:01:08 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Amazon has announced its list of 20 cities for a second headquarters, and both big... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:57:51 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- State-of-the-art technology is coming to the Columbia Fire Department, and improving many facets that help firefighters do their jobs.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 4:31:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – This season’s frigid temperatures mean a rise in frozen pipes around the city. Lucia Bourgeois, communications specialist... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 3:48:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
MACON - Crews tore down a 100-year-old piece of Macon's history Thursday. Four years ago, courts condemned the old Macon... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Eric Greitens released an outline of his plan for state tax reform on Thursday. The outline... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:28:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A former sheriff's deputy already facing charges of child pornography and child molestation faces more charges in... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:47:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in Top Stories
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - One man was hospitalized after a car driving the wrong way crashed into his vehicle, according to... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, January 18 2018 Jan 18, 2018 Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:37:00 PM CST January 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
3pm 49°
4pm 49°
5pm 48°
6pm 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup
3:00p
USSA Skiing and Snowboarding
4:00p
USSA Skiing and Snowboarding
2:00p
Rookie Blue
3:00p
Elementary
4:00p
Elementary

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Will & Grace
7:30p
Superstore
8:00p
Dateline NBC
9:00p
Saturday Night Live
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld