Lack of foresight (OR Why change? Oil is cheap)

Lisa at Cogitamus links to this article from the NY Times, saying:

I wish I knew which bits of this article to excerpt here, but I just don’t.  The whole thing is worth excerpting.

And, it’s true… still, one sentence caught my eye:

They [American auto makers] are suffering the consequences [of opposing higher efficiency standards] and could go broke just like the airlines.

What a novel thought…  that the free market the Republicans claim to love will lead to the extinction of American car manufacturers, where a government regulation which would have forced them to evolve to compete with foreign manufacturers could have saved them.

Even now, I chuckle at the adds for American cars that tout 30 mpg highway, as though no one else can compete with that. Seriously, that might dwarf the 8 mpg Hummer, but we can do better than that, can’t we?

Frustratingly, there is also this bit:

In Europe, on the other hand, fuel efficiency currently stands at 44 m.p.g. and is slated to hit 48 m.p.g. by 2012.

Why can’t we get those more efficient cars here? If I had to replace my current car right now, and wanted to get something more efficient, I would have approximately zero options, and my car is almost 9 years old!

2 Responses to Lack of foresight (OR Why change? Oil is cheap)

  1. Jenny says:

    And yet… The dealer who sold us our car just passed on my offer to sell it back to him, even though it is getting apprx 27 mpg despite regular driving up and down Boulder Canyon and on dirt roads with old crappy tires. *sigh*
    Anyone want an ’02 Passat with new tires?

  2. Oil Bookmarks… user has just tagged your post as oil!…

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