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Gas Prices Are Down and a Nation's Love for SUVs Soars


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Gas Prices Are Down and a Nation's Love for SUVs Soars

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

For the United States to meet its climate goals, cars and trucks need to be made with improved fuel efficiency. But a trio of obstacles—gasoline prices feeding consumer demand for SUVs, industry attacks, and a slow rate of technological advances—is thwarting those objectives.


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Literally driving over the cliff


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WE don't have to buy those cars........But WE choose to so it is WE who are a major part of the problem. Of course I will excuse YOU if YOU only ride a bicycle and don't fly interstate etc.......


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How about plug-in electric motor scooters - achieving the equivalent of 400 miles per gallon (0.6 l./100km). I am the lone rider of one in my city of 1.4 million - various manufacturers have tried to introduce them to the US market - only to totally flop.

I have gotten very few expression of interest, and plenty of ridicule of mine. So I might try something. I will repaint it and put a big Apple logo and the label "Apple e-Scooter" on it and watch the young people mob me asking where they can get one.

P.S. Are you trying to egg on Ms. SR with your use of all those "we"s?


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You are allowed to use your scooter.........as long as the power comes
from a worn-out nuclear power station that has no carbon
footprint......... No; no egging on. Just speaking the Truth. Would I do
otherwise?


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Most US states have deregulated and (sort of) "free-marketed" electric generation - we actually shop around and choose the generator of our electricity - only the transmission and distribution is still done by a traditional state-regulated utility company or the local government. I don't necessarily agree with it, but one advantage is that we can choose to buy renewable-generated electricity (albeit for a higher price - I pay 9.5 cents per kwh). So I am currently buying 100% wind energy (or specifically the company buys a kwh of wind-electricity certificates - most of it generated out in Kansas or Texas - not my local grid) for each kwh I use. I also could have opted to but certified local Pennsylvania wind electricity, but the price was way up there.

But yes, I'd be fine with nuclear too.