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Will US’s oil consumption necessarily drop if its cities and towns were planned like Japan’s? : urbanplanning

I was looking at how much less oil the USA will consume if it’s cities and towns were planned differently. I did some personal research and came to some surprising results, which might mean that I could be wrong.

Firstly, there might be less electricity wastage; I remember reading that for long power transmission lines, there is a lot of loss, perhaps as much as two-thirds, when electricity is carried over long distances. In a built-up environment like Japan, there might be less wastage since more people live in built-up areas.

But shockingly, nearly 69% of US’s oil usage goes to transportation, and the suburbs, which are very spread out, probably contribute to it (https://alternativeenergy.procon.org/how-the-united-states-uses-oil/).

So using 3 countries, US, Japan, and Australia, I started comparing Population, Oil barrel consumption per day and Oil barrel consumption per day on a capital basis. I included Australia because in terms of urban planning, it is rather similar to US, in that its suburbs and residential areas are very spread out, which would necessitate.

All figures are taken from Wikipedia.

The US currently has a total population of 332,595,523, and Oil barrel consumption per day of 19,400,000, which means Oil barrel consumption per day on a capital basis of 17.14409912

Japan on a other hand has a total population of 125,260,000 and Oil barrel consumption per day of 3,812,000, which means Oil barrel consumption per day on a capital basis of 32.8593914

Australia has a total population of 25,974,028, and Oil barrel consumption per day of 1,046,000 which means Oil barrel consumption per day on a capital basis of 24.83176673.

I was a bit surprised, to start off, i would have expected the Japan, on a per capita basis, to use less oil than USA.

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