posted on Apr, 21 2008 @ 10:23 PM
$6/gal, eh? I don't see it happening. I think the $5/gal mark is the threshold for gasoline but see diesel as going slightly higher. After $5/gal, I
think big oil will be taking their life in their hands as people will begin to revolt, hopefully taking the bloated protectionist federal gov't with
As for why diesel is higher that gasoline you are correct that it take far less refining for diesel, but the oil companies chose to raise diesel and
deal with fewer complaints.
Good catch on the rebate being equal. An old GHW Bush quote is "I don't have to watch the morning news, I already know what it is going to be
about." So yeah, the federal gov't is "in the know" as well as big oil "knowing" how best to spend those checks.
Europe is and will always be higher due to the "free" healthcare (that free lunch comes from those higher per liter taxes), less need (mass transit)
and difference in economic factors. I knew a German engineer paid at a German rate in US dollars that made 35% more per year than an American
counterpart in 1995. I would imagine due to exchange rates and the fallen US dollar to the Euro it could be closer to 50% today.
And that burger chain must have been a northern Ohio thing...wasn't in the Cincy area. But we had Burger Chef (bought out by Hardee's) and Zantego
(a cheap taco chain that offered tacos without sour cream long before Taco Bell did) also saddly long gone. One local spot long gone was The Red Barn
a nice buffet style with less selection but better quality than Golden Corral.
You could add generators to the free spining wheels (as opposed to drive wheels) to recharge as you drive. Think of an old style bycycle generator,
except not rubbing the sidewall of the tire. Not a perfect solution, but it should extend the range quite a bit.
Did I miss a topic?