Will Your Phone Help You Save on Gas?

Some of the country's most challenging energy problems are now being discussed on TheAtlantic.com thanks to Shell's "Powering Energy Progress."


This custom program, which is currently running through August, offers brief videos from Shell's Aspen Ideas Festival panel discussion. The clips feature several energy experts, including Chandrakant Patel, Director, Sustainable Ecosystems Research Lab at HP, who share their insights on various topics, such as whether smart phones can help make commuting more energy efficient. 

"Why can't I just use my cell phone as a single gateway? ... I dock it in my car. I get GPS... I get engine data," Patel says. "I think that the value of our handheld device is going to transcend frivolous activity we do today with these frivolous apps we have, and we will go to useful applications." 

Do you agree with Patel? Jump in and join the conversation by commenting here. 

In addition, you can participate by discussing weekly energy-related questions posted on our site, and we also will continue to roll out polling results we gathered from you, the readers, in June. 

Here is what a few of you have told us so far:
  • 33 percent say that there should be additional U.S. government funding for public transportation, while 39 percent believe we are spending too much. 
  • 30 percent say nuclear energy holds the most promise followed by biofuels. 
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Jay Lauf is a 23-year veteran of the publishing industry with stints on both the editorial and business sides at newspapers, trade and consumer magazines, and websites. Prior to joining The Atlantic in 2008 as VP/Publisher, he was the publisher of Wired magazine.

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