Break the Cycle of Oil Dependency

There is much that we can all do to make a difference. These start with changing our policies and our habits in order to create long-lasting alternatives to our fossil fuel addiction.

1. Make a greater commitment to reduce your car use,and eliminate the use of plastic bags in your lives.
There are plenty of ways you can improve your car’s gas mileage: Remove excess weight in your car. Use cruise control on the highway. Keep your tires properly inflated. Use motor oil labeled ‘EnergyConserving’. Megabus is a great, safe and affordable way to travel from Indy to a number of locations in the U.S. Say ‘NO’ to plastic bags when you go grocery or retail shopping. You can find reusable shopping bags and keep them in your car so you don’t forget them.  Contact us and we’ll get you hooked up with a HEC fully-recyclable shopping bag.

2. Support IndyGo and other struggling public transit agencies across the state.
IndyGo, Indiana’s largest public transit agency recently faced a $3 million budget gap, even after already taking serious steps to keep its costs lean in tough economic times. Due to the property tax cap – a previously major source of funding transit – IndyGo is increasingly dependent on its residents in order to maintain its service. Express buses from the airport, from Carmel and Fishers, and to the IUPUI campus are some of the ways that IndyGo is working hard to serve the community. You can even find route delays and updates on IndyGo’s Twitter feed. If all of us take advantage of transit, we have a much better chance to convince our elected officials to increase funding to expand the number of buses – and build light rail – in Indiana.

3. Champion policies that will provide us genuine alternative transportation options in Indiana.
Public transit is one of the most common sense ways to wean our country’s addiction to oil.  Unfortunately, Indiana’s public transit agencies are among the worst funded in the country. Write to your state legislator, and tell them to shift funds away from costly, unnecessary highways like new terrain I-69 and towards public transit, passenger rail and repairing the more than 4,000 deteriorating bridges in Indiana. Need help contacting your legislator? We can help at hecweb.org.

4. Urge your legislators to push for comprehensive energy reform.
America is more dependent on foreign oil than we were at the time of the oil embargo more than thirty years ago. The Gulf Coast tragedy of today and the Exxon Valdez tragedy twenty years before show the extraordinary pain caused by our oil addiction. We must change our policies. Tell your legislators to support comprehensive energy reform that will focus our state and our nation on clean energy sources.

Learn More, and Get Involved
Want to know more about oil addiction, and how you can make a difference? Write us at comments@hecweb.org or visit and post on our Facebook page to let us know if you have other ideas on ways people can help. Together we can break this addition to oil.