The other day a colleague from the US called me to remind me that I lost our bet on the US presidential election. Last summer , before the mortgage crisis, I was pretty sure that the election would go in the other direction. It turned out that I was wrong.
Was the energy price last summer an early warning of a new era just temporarily interrupted by the economical crisis? The new US president Barack Obama has chosen a top scientist with an outstanding record of success to realise a plan towards energy independence:
The focus is shifting from how to provide more energy to how to use the resources more efficiently. It is still too early to say which role the transportation sector will play in this change.The city buses and coaches come out as overall winner in energy efficient transports of people, when well to wheel is considered.