"one of the hoariest of urban myths: That forcing higher fuel economy
standards on American car buyers is what's needed to encourage more
energy-efficient vehicles and make Detroit more competitive with its
Must be my short term memory failing me, but I just can't recall any time
that the price of gas ever plummeted. Regardless of conservation practices,
or any other influences intended to effect the market, the price has stayed
where it was. It is a false logic that believes that conservation will have
any impact on the price of gas at all.
And when was the last time you did this? What were those oil prices? What
had they been before and after? What did the price of gas drop (plummet...)
to after your conservation efforts?
I must have missed that huge downswing in the price of fuel. Damn - I hate
it when that happens.
Many of us find it easy to miss out on the events that never really occur.
|Must be my short term memory failing me, but I just can't recall any time
|that the price of gas ever plummeted.
The last significant price drop in my memory was around the end of the
first Gulf War. Regular in my area of New York was under $1 per
gallon... and it stayed that way for quite awhile.
Around the northeast US, and I suspect most of the US, it would be a very
rare thing to see a $1.00/gallon swing in the price of gas - unless of
course we're talking about an increase. As prices have declined some from
the high of a short time ago, we really have not seen a $1.00 decline over a
period of greater than a year.
I do not know where you live, but here in Ontario, gas is at 95.1 cents a
liter. Was at 92.2 Wednesday, and it's been 95.1 since Friday. Hasn't
dropped below 92 in MONTHS as far as I can recall. As for the OP, he made
it seem like gas was $2.00, then dropped to .50 cents.
Must be nice :-P I'm in Durham and I don't recall seeing anything below 92
in several months. In fact, when I saw it at 92 a few days ago, I was
really stunned, as it seemed to have been hovering at 95 or so for a couple
Only thing I see that will force higher fuel economy is for gas to get up to
around $10 a gallon. Most people have not even slowed down at $3.Over the
road trucks use alot more fuel than cars do and get alot less gas mileage. I
was told they get around 4mpg loaded! Maybe detroit could help them with gas
You might want to actually learn more. Most of the current crop of
Diesel rigs get FAR better than 4mpg, most get well over 10-11. When you
look at the size of the engine and the load they are hauling that is a
damn good number.
It is also NEVER going to make any difference what the EPA standards are
with regards to encouraging people to conserve fuel OR make Detroit more
competitive. If you look at the numbers there are a LOT of vehicles from
domestics that get as good or better mileage on a pound for pound
basis as the imports.
It all comes down to physics. It takes a given amount of energy to move
a given amount of weight.
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