I don't know if this post better belongs in 'Rant' or 'US Political Madness' so I put it here. Feel free to move it if so desired...
In 1981 when I was 18 I had a Volkswagen Rabbit with a diesel engine. That car got 40 miles per gallon fuel mileage. It didn't matter where I went,
city or highway, it consistently got 40mpg. I could drive all the way from RKS, WY to SLC, UT and the gas gauge wouldn't even move! Back then just
about all small compact cars consistently got in the high 20's to low 30's for gas mileage. Diesel was less than $1 per gallon then.
My best friend had a Chevy LUV pickup back then. For $5 in gas (gas was about $1.25/gal then) we could go out and hunt / play all weekend. I don't
know what the gas mileage was, but it must have been in the 20's anyway.
Now, 40 years later, you can't even find
a car which will get 40mpg. Heck, it's nearly impossible to even find a car which gets even 30mpg
anymore. Forty years of technological improvements...FORTY YEARS...and we've gone backwards.
Why? Well, the principle reason for this is because of all the emissions control crap they put on cars these days. All this emissions control
equipment saps the life blood (horsepower) from cars and trucks. Less horsepower means engines have to work harder to achieve the same result. The
result is severely reduced fuel economy.
Every day we hear non-stop blather about alternative fuels to conserve oil usage. There's ethanol, biodiesel, electric, hybrid and the list goes on.
The government continues to raise excise taxes on fuel, driving up the price. But fuel efficiency in vehicles continues to drop. In just the last
two years we've seen fuel prices as high as $5 PER GALLON (now they're back down to something more sensible, but still).
Our government has created a racket where unless you have all this smog control on your car you can't license it. Yet out of the other side of their
mouths they're screaming about conserving oil. The politicians are forcing the wasting of oil with all the laws, regulations and taxes.
They say 'conserve oil' yet place regulations on auto manufacturers which force them to make progressively more inefficient vehicles.
In 1929 there was a great depression. Forty years later man walked on the Moon.
In 1981 cars got 35-40mpg. Forty years later cars get 16-20mpg on the average.
The hypocrisy, double standards and bureaucracy of this government just defies imagination! It's an absolute JOKE!! ...and not a funny joke