Sources: The Detroit News, Autoblog Green
quote: I didn't say every suburban driver. Some people actually want a vehicle of that size.
quote: We can all respect that.
quote: What is up with you people and your wishes to deny what others want and choose to have in freedom? That other companies freely manufacture and provide?
quote: Logic fail. There is no end in sight for materials to build vehicles (or labor for that matter as another "resource" as you refer to building materials as).
quote: Look up the definition of fascism and get back to me.
quote: with a reality that includes limited resources such as fuels, plastics, metals and other precious resources.
quote: But if everyone drove lighter and safer cars then everyone is safer in general.
quote: If people buy a Suburban for being safe, they are doing so by making someone else less safe. If they're buying it for legit reasons, however, I can't hate on them
quote: The fact that they anticipate crashing is scary.
quote: and yes we actually do want lighter cars.
quote: Safety doesn't have to be compromised in the name of weight reduction.
quote: I cannot stand this line of thinking. Cafe is giving us cars that are far superior to 'gas guzzlers', i.e. we're getting cars that are stronger, faster, lighter, more efficient, AND more technological.
quote: You always need constraints to get the best possible outcome for everyone.
quote: The net result is huge consumer demand for energy efficient vehicles (small diesels and hybrids) that attract far lower or even zero tax rates. Without all those taxes most people wouldn't care about fuel efficiency (just like it was no issue at all 30 years ago).
quote: Ergo a truely free market is undesirable by definition. You always need constraints to get the best possible outcome for everyone. Without such constraints any externalities (such as pollution, deaths, health, environment) are not part of the equation.
quote: But get to the 1970s when CAFE was implemented and suddenly truck sales start to pick up, to where they're about 50% of vehicle sales today.
quote: The whole thing is the brainchild of a flawed conspiracy theory that the manufacturers somehow control what it is the customers want to buy.
quote: Try checking out Ecoboost technology or Bugatti technology. All of the super advanced tech is coming to small engines and the power to weight ratio is skyrocketing every year.
quote: FYI, Audi has been doing forced injection with turbocharging since the 1980s.
quote: You're just anti government. I'll bet if they government raised taxes of fuel like it did on cigarettes then you will have something to say also.
quote: Every time the same story, yet here we are, with the best cars in the world.
quote: you're crazy. Let me keep it simple for you.
quote: Guess what? now you are paying for expensive fuel and higher priced vehicles.
quote: GM, Ford, Chrysler has been making any vehicle they want for decades and look what happened. They ended up making a lot of vehicles they wanted but consumers don't want. They were not competitive globally. I don't want the government to bail them out again.
quote: Fuel prices will continue to increase and people will continue to demand better fuel economy.
quote: lol GTFO of this stupid country then.
quote: We are under central planning, that of the fossil fuel lobby, that's who plans the US's energy. If you think otherwise you're only fooling yourself.
quote: He says that the magic bullet for fuel efficiency would be a battery electric vehicle with an hour charge time, the price of a gasoline vehicle, a battery pack the size of a gas tank, and a 400 mile range. Current models are far from that dream target, though.
quote: Of course the auto industry would support this.
quote: I agree that consumers should be the ones pushing for higher fuel economy, however I was pointing my take on how that potential legislation would benefit the car companies.
quote: See, Gas may have been $1.85 on the day Obama took office, but I've always kind of taken issue with that number. I'm not sure how old you are, but there were times during the Bush presidency, When Gas around here (Chicagoish) was $4+ per gallon.
quote: The conspiracy theorist in me wants to think that the oil companies who, at the end of the day control the price of gas
quote: I will agree with you that cash for clunkers was a terrible idea. There were a lot of cars that were destroyed that really could have gone on the market, or gone to help out individuals who really needed transportation to improve their lives. Instead Perfectly good used vehicles were destroyed.
quote: I also think that that is something that should be demanded from consumers, not because of government legislation, or increased taxes on gasoline, but because car companies should be striving to make their vehicles the best engineered machines they can.
quote: Mr. Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors Comp.
quote: Mr. Lutz contends that his gas tax strategy would be fine with the public, who "wouldn't even notice" the change.
quote: His proposal mirrors that of others, including a former advisor to President George W. Bush and GM's former CEO. He comments, "You don't want to punish people for driving.
quote: You want to give people the incentive to buy vehicles that use less fuel. You would take the money and spend it on things to make them happy, by dedicating it to the radical improvement of the unholy mess of this nation's highway infrastructure.
quote: and suggested that the government should raise gas taxes by $0.25 USD/gallon a year for ten years instead
quote: the government should raise gas taxes by $0.25 USD/gallon a year for ten years instead.