Fossil Fuel Shortage

For the fossil fuel shortage created by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. the International Energy Agency has ten recommendations. Two are converting to “electric heat pumps and prioritizing electric vehicles.“ The IEA emphasizes that this will help address the shortage of fossil fuels and ease problems created by the Russian invasion. For those making this transition, you will also lower your energy costs and have better safety and air quality in your home and community. Electric heat pumps are currently the most energy efficient way to heat space and water. If you have an older gas guzzling car and heat with fossil fuels, act now to prepare for a better future. It only makes cents!


Go All-Electric

One action to reduce the impacts of climate change is to get ones home off of fossil fuels. I had natural gas space and water, and cooking. I decided to all-electric. My story is …

My experience is that going all-electric works best if you plan ahead. Home appliances, like furnaces, water heaters, and stoves have 15-25 year service lives.

Start studying options. As appliances become older, check their operation and whether they have the features you want. Appliance technology is changing all the time and new features improve their functioning.

My gas furnace functioning deterioriated in the winter of 2016. I looked at natural gas and electric options and chose an electric, all-house heat pump and air handler to replace my gas, forced-air furnace. A few years later, I replaced my gas water heater with a heat-pump water heater. Next, my gas stove needed replacement, and I installed an induction stove. Finally, I added a heat pump dryer. It replaced and electric dryer, but is lower heat and less damaging to clothes.

Why do this? Getting off fossil fuels is one reason. Also, it is likely fossil fuels may be taxed in the future. My operating costs, currently, are 10% lower

Plus, now, I have air conditioning for the projected hotter summers. I loved cooking on a gas stove, but the speed and control of an induction stove is as good. My air handler has a HEPA filter, and I had no smoke during large forest fires during the late summer of 2020. Indoor air quality now has no NOx that is a byproduct from burning natural gas. Further, my wife says, “Í’m so happy not to worry about natural gas leaks.”

Becoming all-electric has advantages outlined in this slide.

Corvallis Parking Studies

Why is parking important in Corvallis and every city? Parking takes land that could be used for other purposes. Parking mandates raise housing costs. Parking districts preference some parkers over others. What is a fair way to include and allocate parking without turn a community into an asphalt desert? The studies below elaborate on these issuesl

Corvallis Area Devoted to Cars            

In 2015, Corvallis allocated 25% of its land to car dependence and the area devoted to each car is equal to the size of the average house. This figure is typical to most suburban cities. Details at

Is Eight Parking Spaces Per Car Enough?        

Corvallis, like most cities has plenty of parking capacity. Parking problems come when parking spaces are not available at the time and place wanted by a driver.       

Off-Street Parking Mandates and Parking Occupancy Rates

Overall mandated parking is 25 to 50% greater than needed. Free on-street parking typically has a higher occupancy rate than off-street parking. Results at

Townhouse and Residential Parking Near OSU           

Neighborhood context like car storage needs of residents, commuter parking needs, commercial traffic, and daily needs affect parking throughout the day and night.

Parking Futures            

The future of parking will be affected by many unknowns about the nature of transportation. Autonomous vehicles, robots, and fixed-route autonomous transit can take many different forms that need to be guided by the community.             

Parking Study Methodology  

Most drivers prefer free parking near their destination. Getting drivers to consider mode choice and parking alternatives requires parking data and creative management. Parking is affected by the neighborhood context. Shopping, education, services, storage, and daily needs all affect parking utilization. Each neighborhood has its own set of special circumstances.


The Renewable Hydrogen Economy?

What is hydrogen’s evolutionary place? Human economies have added more efficient energy systems over time. Fire provided heat, light, and protection. Strone, iron, and bronze tools made foragers and later farmers more efficient. Agriculture converted solar energy into food on lands cleared by fire and planted with tools. Fossil fuels—coal, oil, and natural gas, enabled tremendous increases in earth and goods movers as well as land modifying equipment that built great roads, monuments, dams, and buildings. What is next—wind, solar, and hydrogen to power an all-electric world? Surplus wind and solar energy can produce needed hydrogen.

Who is pushing? California is planning a hydrogen economy in transportation, manufacturing, and electricity production. Daimler has a hydrogen fuel cell large truck unit. Smaller trucks will be battery operated with charging electricity from hydrogen backing up wind and solar. So is the next economy one fueling greater efficiency with hydrogen and fuel cells.

Why Renewable hydrogen?

  • The use of hydrogen greatly reduces pollution. 
  • Hydrogen can be produced locally from numerous sources. 
  • If hydrogen is produced from water we have a sustainable production system.

Why not hydrogen?

  • Still too expensive.
  • Not getting the attention it deserves.
  • Lacks needed infrastructure.
  • The Hindenburg Effect.


Forbes  at

Hydrogen Energy Center at


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