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  •  And if you're a business (2+ / 0-)
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    senilebiker, Vladislaw

    and you have to buy a massive diesel for multi-ton towing and hauling, you're going to write the cost of the truck off anyway. Since those things tend to last forever, there will be an ample used market for people who need that capability but not anywhere near often enough to justify the sticker price for a new one.

    Also, any plan that tends this way has to have the longer term goal of weaning us off cars to the extent possible and moving the country to mass transportation, again to the extent possible. It will take as long as it takes, but the time to start is now.

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    by oldjohnbrown on Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 11:43:06 AM PST

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    •  Business is a separate issue (0+ / 0-)

      Different solution for business, and again, I'm taking this from the Energize America plan.  The biggest purchaser of commercial vehicles in the world is the United States Government.  If the Gov't starts buying the most fuel-efficient vehicles possible, in every instance, it suddenly becomes a lot more profitable to build more fuel-efficient vehicles.  If the gov't stops buying a gas-guzzling model of truck, that's a big chunk of the market that goes away, and suddenly it's not worth GM's while (or whoever's) to manufacture the gas-guzzler.  Meanwhile, demand's gone up for the fuel-efficient model, so it behooves them to keep making more of that one, and develop a still-more fuel-efficient one before Chrysler does and gets that contract next time around.

      "Those of you inclined to worry have the widest selection in history." - Mark Twain

      by schroeder on Sun Dec 14, 2008 at 09:22:07 PM PST

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