quote: The same reason people aren't allowed to throw garbage all over the place. It impacts other people in a negative way.
quote: To get the increase in fuel efficiency the government should just tax oil and the market will take care of itself, and it could help get the country back into the black.
quote: I think you're forgetting the fact that any tactile fuel tax increase would be political suicide for everyone even remotely involved.
quote: How did those policies work out for the democrats yesterday?
quote: the Fed to be granted the power to take over and shut down any business it saw fit for whatever reason?
quote: then encouraging people to driver more efficient cars is hardly the end of the world. It's not like Obama is saying that everyone has to drive the same, tiny, little, ultra efficient, econo-box car or something.
quote: I bet you didn't know my wife has an addiction to fast food places.
quote: It CAN'T be serious!!!
quote: But it could be true, as we all have seen these families that you can roll out burger king strait on to KFC ware they would continue eating whit there 100% over weight kids, and i am thinking these parents should have bin sterilized
quote: I think the government should not be able to force what cars I can drive. But they are already doing that with safety standards, which have driven car weights up and gas mileage down. So its a no win.
quote: In most states, you can drive whatever you want on you own land with no license or restriction.
quote: Dude... go read a driver's manual. Driving is a privilege, not a right. There's no "Right to own a car" next to "Right to bear arms" in the constitution.
quote: by mcnabney on November 3, 2010 at 12:45 PMMy Mazda 5 holds 4 tall adults (plus two kids) comfortably and gets about 30mpg doing it. There are options. It isn't like you are forced to choose between a Smart Car and a Hummer.
quote: You see, according to Obama's plan... I'm the enemy, 'cause I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice....
quote: And why should the government be forcing me to change the way I live?
quote: On another note. I wish ppl would stop using the constitution like it's this absolutely perfect shield.
quote: Driving is not a right. Making and selling unhealthy fast foods is not a right. Using gasoline is not a right.
quote: technically repeatedly poking someone with a spoon isn't in the consitution as an illegal act - that doesn't mean its legal.
quote: Under the U.S. Constitution the "Federal" government has no authority to tell you what to do, at all, in anyway shape or form, as long as it doesn't violate anyone else's rights.
quote: I know someone's going to say polluting is harming other people and hence violating their rights.
quote: You still don't need a huge gas guzzling SUV to do that
quote: it's pretty easy to rent something and not very expensive
quote: You really don't know anything about cars do you?
quote: PS the 2011 touareg weighs 4700 lbs (5k in the tdi trim?).
quote: my family and friends don't treat a drive as a hassle we want a car that is fun to drive down the highway or even to a local restaurant.
quote: he new base mustang is a step in the right direction but only appeals to the "i drive a mustang for the looks" crowd and not the crowd that knows what the hell a mustang is supposed to do (or for tha matter what the hell a shelby or saleen are at all). the big three don't have anything to compete.
quote: i'd wait for the RS4 but its apparently not coming possibly ever again - at least not on its current platform anwyay.
quote: Any reason for not considering the RS5? Need 4 doors maybe?
quote: i assume they're getting ready in the next few days to roll out the '11, hence the website issues.
quote: no matter anyway, without the offroad capability in the US, i have no interest in future models. so i'm left with range rover in the luxury offroader? ew.
quote: Even if it was 32, thats a far cry from 65
quote: if you don't agree, please tell me where my argument fails. otherwise we've learned nothing.
quote: in other words, if you think engineers don't have the ability to churn out cars that can do this and still charge the same amount, you don't know any of the engineers i went to school with.
quote: Furthermore, I am fully confident that carbon fiber will become economically viable for commercial vehicles, which would seriously cut the weight of the car and send mpg numbers through the roof.
quote: because the technology used to "manipulate" CF will improve...
quote: Well to be fair it is getting cheaper. The ZR1 makes extensive use of carbon fiber. It's far cheaper than most other exotics that use it.
quote: And on point 2, no it is not cheaper to use your one large vehicle all the time than to rent one occasionally, on gas usage alone you'd save hundreds of dollars a year.
quote: You can still determine your own destiny. You'll just have to pay for it.
quote: To escape religious persecution... oh wait... we do that here now yay!
quote: Need I really go on? This country is supposed to be about freedom and here we are doing exactly what Europeans did to us and one of the major reasons we left and fought for our independence.
quote: 1. There is no right to drive. It is a privilege that is earned.
quote: 2. Since we don't live in a state of anarchy I think we can all agree that there should be rules to follow.
quote: Personally I am disgusted by Americans who tout their freedom to do whatever they want, then by their very actions undermine our country's ability to provide that freedom.
quote: Nothing like the small mind to see only his own immediate needs and wants. Fortunately for us, we have a government that protects the rest of us from near-sighted fools like you.
quote: 1) Via war, attack the countries that control the resource. Aka WWI, WWII, Desert Storm II.. All wars for control of resources. May you and your choices lead you to the front lines in our nations armed services.
quote: 3) Improve the machines that consume the resource or alternate to a different resource completely.
quote: Personally I am disgusted by Americans who tout their freedom to do whatever they want, then by their very actions undermine our country's ability to provide that freedom. People like this(you) are the very reason governments exist in the first place. To protect my rights to those freedoms from idiots like you and your "poor choices".
quote: I own a compact car that gets about 33MPG right now. Normally I don't ever do anything where I need something bigger but on the rare occasion that I do it's pretty easy to rent something and not very expensive.
quote: We can put a man on the moon
quote: We can put a man on the moon, have computers the size of phones that fit into your hands yet it's impossible to improve fuel effciency in gasoline engined vehicles.
quote: Fiat in Europe is already over 44 mpg average!
quote: The reason for the Clean Air act is to improve air quality. Mission accomplished.
quote: The reason for increased fuel economy standards is to decrease the need for oil imports. Oil imports that sap the wealth of the nation. Think of it this way. In 2009 we imported about $400B in petroleum. That is $400B of America's accumulated wealth that has left the country. Or think of it in another way - those dollars could be used to purchase shares of US companies. In 2009 the equivalent of both GE and Apple were given away due to our thirst for oil.
quote: So you understand how letting market forces dictated by individuals seeking the lowest price can errode our competitive advantages and create a security risk to the nation?
quote: We used to mine them, but because China has been selling them so cheap for so long all of those mines are closed.
quote: Am I the only one who read that and thought, "Ok... so open them up again..."
quote: The reason for increased fuel economy standards is to decrease the need for oil imports.
quote: Isn't it California's right to set its own environmental standards?
quote: Last year, the EPA and NHTSA issued a breakthrough set of rules, driving auto makers toward a U.S. a corporate average fuel economy of 34.1 mpg (6.9 L/100 km) by 2016. Each year, CAFE will average an increase of 4%, beginning in 2011 with ’12 vehicles. Together with tailpipe emissions targets, which offer auto makers credits for improving vehicle functions such as air conditioners, the U.S. fleet will reach 35.5 mpg (6.6 L/100 km) by 2016. The notice due from the agencies by Sept. 30 represents the first step in the next round of CAFE rulemaking. The EPA and NHTSA then will seek comments on proposals within the notice before going back behind closed doors to craft a final rule, due as early as 12 months from now. While the notice will not set a firm target for 2025, experts say 60 mpg likely will be among the proposed bogies.