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Originally posted by vor78
reply to post by TheRedneck
I'm glad you posted the population density numbers, because it shows clearly the differences in the levels of urbanization of western Europe and much of the US. American drivers, on average, are going to have to drive much further for the same services as the average European.
I'd also remind everyone that not every American can afford to just run out and buy a more fuel efficient vehicle right now as it is. Tack another $200/month onto a person's fuel bill, the same for his electricity, and include inflationary pressures from increased shipping costs, and you're living in fantasy land if you believe a typical working class American making $12/hr can afford this.
It would be catastrophic for the tens of millions who are already just struggling to get by. But you're right, if you can ignore reality for a moment or, like this administration, you just don't care, I guess this is a good solution.
Originally posted by intrepid
Well that's surely a good way to ignite spastic inflation. Just what America needs right now.
Btw, why do gas companies always have to make a profit? Doesn't a car maker take it on the nose when they screw up? Toyota comes to mind. But NOOOOO let the taxpayer pay for Big Oil's screw ups. :shk:
Originally posted by ZindoDoone
reply to post by antonia
That would be true IF we actually had elections that mattered. I do not feel that any election in this country will help us get out of the predicament we are now in any time in my life. With the Elite/Progressives now in so many of our government offices and bureaus, nothing we do will stop this juggernaut to oblivion of our Republic!
Originally posted by LightFantastic
It may surprise you that many in the UK commute for many hours per day. I used to make a two hundred mile round trip for a number of years, every day. I dropped this to 85 miles and now I am down to 40 miles.
Originally posted by dbates
I know personally that the $4 a gallon gasoline from a couple of years ago was a killer. I often wonder if it's what started the current economic dip. Imagine what $7 a gallon gasoline would do. Everything from pickles to bubble gum would have to increase in price. The United States runs on oil. We use about 20 MBPD (Million Barrels Per Day) and choking the price before newer clean energy sources are available could be catastrophic.
Harder Than it Looks. Reducing oil consumption and carbon emissions from transportation is a much greater challenge than conventional wisdom assumes. It will require substantially higher fuel prices, ideally in combination with more stringent regulation.
Higher Gasoline Prices Essential. Reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the transportation sector 14% below 2005 levels by 2020 may require gas prices greater than $7/gallon by 2020.
The catch-22 of course is that other energy sources might not be created if we keep the price as low as it is today. Still the sudden increase in prices can't be the answer.
(visit the link for the full news article)
When I was working and driving visiting clients 4 days a week, I was putting in over $300 PER WEEK and I used to earn $700 per week.
Maybe it would be possible someday the problem is that you cannot predict if a scientifc breakthrough is concived and when. That it would be some day before this waste decays is obvious. But in the mean time?
Originally posted by Chance321
reply to post by kybertech
And, what, there can't be money put into research on how to burn the waste to smaller levels? I mean come on use a little common sense, if we were to put money into alt-fuel sorces then obvously there would be research into getting the most out of nuclear waste, right? Like maybe reactors that sole purpose is to run on nuclear waste.
Originally posted by Doc Lithium
but alternative fuels – like hydrogen – are banned with a very high penalty tax (€500 per day) if you get caught using them in traffic.
Originally posted by justwokeup
reply to post by stumason
The difference is between taxed alternative fuels and home made alternative fuels. The law is there to ensure the taxman gets his due.
You can put anything in as long as its duty paid.....