When it comes to high mileage vehicles available on the U.S.
market, we come up short compared to vehicles available in other countries.
Recent research put forth by 40mgp.org shoes that
while 113 vehicles available overseas manage to maintain a combined fuel economy
rating of 40MPG or higher, only two vehicles made the list in the U.S.
The two vehicles available in the U.S. that crossed the
40MPG threshold were both gasoline-electric
hybrids: the Toyota Prius and the Honda Civic Hybrid. In many European
countries, vehicles achieve a 40MPG or higher rating by using small,
ultra-efficient gasoline or diesel engines.
Research by 40mpg.org also showed
that over 38 vehicles available outside of the U.S. were able to achieve 50MPG.
Of those 38 models researched, 34 used "clean diesel" technology.
Other interesting tidbits brought to light include the fact
that the number of vehicles achieving 40MPG or higher outside of the U.S. has
risen from 86 in 2005 to 113 in 2007. Likewise, the number has decreased from
five in 2005 to two in 2007 for the U.S. In addition, the number of vehicles
achieving at least 35MPG outside of the U.S. has risen from 129 in 2005 to 161
in 2007. That number has fallen from nine to six in the U.S.
"We have to face the unpleasant facts here: America is
needlessly losing the race to develop the best fuel-efficient technology and
then deliver it to the American consumer, which wants these cars and other
vehicles that would use less imported fuel and create less global-warming
pollution," said Pam Solo, President of the Civil Society Institute (CSI).
"The Europeans, Japanese and Chinese are already committed to far more
aggressive MPG standards than we are in the United States. Congress needs to
show some leadership now and insist on a 40 miles per gallon standard now - not
10 years from now when it will be too late to save Detroit from its worst
The interesting thing to note is that the vast majority of
the vehicle available overseas that achieve such high mileage ratings are made
by U.S.-based companies like General Motors and Ford as well as foreign
automakers like Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen – all three of which are very
familiar to American buyers.
However, until these automakers are given a reason to
introduce more fuel efficient models here in the U.S. (i.e. higher
government-mandated fuel economy standards), we'll likely continue to see a dearth
of affordable, highly fuel efficient vehicles.
quote: In many European countries, vehicles achieve a 40MPG or higher rating by using small, ultra-efficient gasoline or diesel engines.
quote: every empires crumbles , and your fat ass rich polluting empire will crumble.. pray that when it does the poor ppl of the planet won't be so hugry as to consider you americans - Food.
quote: Americans are generally healthy. Just because we're bigger doesn't mean we're fatter.
quote: The prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States makes obesity a leading public health problem. The United States has the highest rates of obesity in the developed world. From 1980 to 2002, obesity has doubled in adults and overweight prevalence has tripled in children and adolescents. From 2003-2004, "children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 years, 17.1% were overweight...and 32.2% of adults aged 20 years or older were obese." The prevalence in the United States continues to rise.
quote: Your link only compares public foreign aid...that aid given directly by the government. The US leads the world in private charitable donations by a much larger margin.
quote: Because a small change does nothing
quote: saves me $3,000 in taxes. I still lost $7,000. I didn't save anything.
quote: An exercise in futility is still exercise
quote: it's a cultural thing that needs to change
quote: If American's want to blow holes in our world's ozone layer all in the name of fashion then the rest of the world has the right to object.
quote: California STILL needs some work but most of the country has fresh, clean air and the emissions requirements reflect that.
quote: Why do American companies build gas efficient vehicles and then sell them overseas? Two reasons:
-Americans like big cars/trucks
-Americans like horsepower
Would the average American drive a car that has absolutely horrible acceleration, no trunk, and barely seats 4 moderate sized people?
quote: Considering more greenhouse gases come from the production of meat than the entire transportation sector combined, do you really think you're focusing on the right issue here?
quote: Its not efficiency, its the number of miles we drive.
quote: That if we clamped down on crime and cleaned up those inner-city schools, we'd wind up saving far more in gasoline than we would by increasing federal MPG requirements.
quote: No, it simply means we won't run out nearly as soon as some people are predicting. As far back as 1910, people have been predicting oil would be exhausted in a few years. Today, we have proven reserves so large that many companies have simply stopped looking for more...its doesn't make financial sense to.
quote: No. Natural petroleum will run out...but artificially synthesized petroleum is a renewable, unlimited resource.
quote: That makes it a limited resource. However, oil can also be directly synthesized from nothing but CO2 and water. All it takes is energy.
quote: Large-scale changes should -never- be done before they're economically viable. Examine your history...countless times in the past, resources rose in price as they were slowly consumed. At some point, this caused a natural change to more economic alternatives. Switching to those alternatives early, though, while the original resource is still cheap and plentiful, wastes time, money and resources that could be better spent in other areas, such as R&D into just those alternatives.
quote: Not reliable research. 'Peak Oil' is a fraud that gets recycled every few years. Every time a predicted peak fails to materialize, the Peakites simply announce they've 'discovered' the earlier flaw in their calculations, then move the date up again.
quote: Today, we have proven reserves so large that many companies have simply stopped looking for more...its doesn't make financial sense to
quote: Since even a Prius driven 50 miles/day pollutes more than the average SUV driven 20 miles/day, why not attack the real issue here?
quote: theres a very good reason for driving a V8, because you want to.
Why do you want to make that choice for someone else?
Do you drink? 'There's just very few reasons to drink'
Do you eat red meat? There's just very few reasons to
Do you play any rough sports where you can get hurt? There's just very few reasons to
Eat fast food? There's just very few reasons to
Eat out 'There's just very few reasons to'
watch tv? 'There's just very few reasons to'
Where do you stop?
quote: So if you're going to ban one, why not ban them all?
quote: An immediate increase in Federal CAFE standards is going to be met in only one way. Smaller cars, with smaller, less powerful engines.
quote: as for raising the price of gas, americans had a cow when it almost hit $4 so that's not going to fly either.
quote: as much as i hate high gas prices i fully support high gas taxes - i'd rather pay extra $ to my neighbours than let it evaporate somewhere in the middle east (screw them all, sorry if i offend anyone). higher prices may - hopefully - teach the dummies to (at least) turn off engine at a parking lot and maybe even to go as far as buing more civilized (=smaller) car. "
quote: Whats more is alot of america's love big cars, I don't know excatly why. But they do, Its what americas love. Just like some people like wine, some beer, we like big.