Friday, August 11, 2006

A Business Case for Sustainability

Here is some math even Ralph Klein could grasp. The shut down of BPs supply pipe decreased US oil supply by 8%, drove crude costs up $2 per barrel and resulted in an increase of $24 million in import costs per day. All of those effects would be wiped out by a 1 mpg increase in fuel efficiency standards.

How much would we all save with a 5 mpg boost?


3 comments:

The Artist said...

Well expressed, best wishes, The Artist

Anonymous said...

So if the govt says everything must get 1 mpg better what do you think would happen . . .
Toyota would lie about it . . . there is presently a class-action suit against Toyota about unreachable fuel mileage claims.
Honda would build a bigger pickup truck.

A Cadillac today gets better fuel mileage than a Vega did 30 years ago . . . a full sized GM pickup will get 28 mpg.

Do any of you ever factor in the number of lives lost in vehicles getting 40 plus mpg . . . like the Civic, Tercel, Echo and various other sub-compacts . . . the numbers are staggering.
Why do you think the new Accord now weighs 3500 pounds and gets 38 mpg . . . cause its a little safer.
There is no magic bullet to increase mileage . . . it usually involves shedding metal, making vehicles smaller.
On the brighter side though, the global supply of crude oil will increase 25% in the next decade to 110 billion barrels a day . . . so buy whatever you can afford to run . . . it is not up to government in a free country to tell me what kind of auto/truck to buy.

Odiyya said...

Wow, thats pretty ignorant. You may want to get informed before reaching for the type pad.

If we had higher standards, what would happen is what happens in virtually every other country outside of Canada and the US - fuel economy would go up, vehicles would get smaller, and lives would be saved (as SUVs are one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road to both the person driving it, and the person being hit by it) and vehicles would get smaller, burning less fuel and using less resources to manufacture.

And unfortunately for your little caddy example aggregate fuel economy has been at a standstill since the early '80s.

And btw, your 25% increase in production won't mean jack when we're faced with the soaring demand of nations like China, not the mention the rest of the developing world.

Nice try, but when a 10 second google search can refute every point you make, you should spend some time re-evaluating your biased opinions and try bolstering them with some hard evidence.

Call again when you think things through. I emphasize the word think.