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  •  I was dismayed (12+ / 0-)

    in 2010 when it became necessary to part with my 20 year old Geo Prizm that achieved a city/highway combined MPG of 34 MPG that I reconfirmed every time I filled the tank.  The new vehicles out these (sans the expensive hybrids) didn't do better.  In fact, most did much worse in terms of fuel ecnomy.

    The 1990 Prizm was wonderfully efficient at sipping gas and providing mechanical reliability (best car I ever owned).  I knew I would sacrifice some gas milage because I was converting from manual to automatic transmission (old age and bad knees), but thought overall a new vehicle would do better.

    Nope.  My subcompact, a 2010 Nissan Versa hatchback gives me about 29-30 MPG.  

    20 years and no improvement?  We should have been at the 54 MPG level then and not wait for it, but the Big Money (and Big Gubmint subsidies with shockingly low taxes) Oil Companies and US auto manufacturers used money pressure to buy politicians that would do nothing.

    Historians will marvel at the opportunities we had to do something, but didn't.  They will also sit with their jaws on the floor at why nothing was done to get money out of our elections and politics so that Big Money got everything it's own way.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 12:30:45 PM PDT

    •  We will all be long gone, but if there is still a (2+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, Larsstephens

      world that can support life, it will be sweet to look down and watch future historians write book after book with the general theme of "The hippies had it right way back in the '60's and 70's...If only those in positions of influence had taken the time to calm down and listen."

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