Well that question cannot really be answered by this article, but it is an interesting topic nonetheless. I would say a lack of action by politicians and consumers to use renewable energy sources has more of an impact than anything else. From the linked article:
LANSING (AP) — Michigan State Police troopers are being asked to drive about 20 percent less to save $2 million by Oct. 1 and help the state deal with a hole in its current budget.
Lt. Jim Shaw, commander at the State Police post in Jackson, said the effort to cut gas use won’t hurt public safety. Last year, the State Police put 35 million miles on a fleet that cost $14 million to run.
“We don’t want people thinking when they reach a certain mileage, they park the cars and go home,” Shaw told the Detroit Free Press for a Saturday story.
So they appear to be putting in mileage restrictions…
“We’re still responding to emergency runs like crashes, but we’re not patrolling as actively,” Williams said.
This would kinda
scare worry me if I lived in Michigan…
“We’re making every effort to reduce our mileage and save gas.”
Troopers will respond to emergencies and traffic law violators regardless of the new limits, department spokeswoman Shanon Akans. But with gasoline prices pushing $2.50 per gallon, every mile counts, she added.
The effort to cut costs was ordered Feb. 14 to help erase an expected $13.6-million deficit in the State Police budget, Akans said. The department overspent by $6.6 million last fiscal year.
Mileage limits are firm but not absolute, and they vary among State Police posts based on the number of patrol cars and the miles troopers recorded last year. The state’s new budget year starts Oct. 1.
Cutting out useless miles that are driven is a good thing, but why not look at money spent on gas and wasted engine usage instead. Improving the MPGs their fleet vehicles are getting would go much farther to cutting costs. Also there could be an incentive program for those cops that get better MPGs than others. Instead of eliminating waste, you encourage conservation. Cops do need to put the petal to the metal to respond to emergencies or chase a suspect, but not all the time. My car is rated at about 20mpgs, but due to my driving habits I can get about 30 even during the Winter.
I was trying to think about a good way to incorporate electric vehicles into the picture, but I can already foresee problems with this. But it would be nice if some of the patrolmen/women had an EV that they charged at the precinct that used solar power…