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Change Ahead: Cutting Carbon from U.S. Highways

October 1, 2015 by Wisconsin Energy Institute

Highway Carbon Costs

What will it take to make a cross-country drive in a light duty vehicle a low-carbon pursuit? According to Paul Meier, it will take a combination of three advances: a large increase in the adoption of electric vehicle use, a huge uptick in biofuels production, and a change in the habits of U.S. drivers.[read more]

As U.S. Energy Booms, Don't Forget About Roadway Infrastructure

March 10, 2014 by Costa Samaras

Energy Boom and Roadway Infrastructure

One fracking operation needs 600 to 1,100 one-way truck trips for equipment to and from a well site. In a new paper in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, our team estimated the costs of additional heavy truck traffic associated with shale gas development on Pennsylvania’s state-maintained roadways.[read more]

Roads Change Everything

February 15, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Roads and the Environment

In Alaska, when politicians talk about building “Roads to Resources”-- new roads through pristine areas to get access to fossil fuels and minerals--the road often appears as a thin line on a map. No big deal. In reality, a road changes everything.[read more]