In Europe, Volkswagen makes a car called a TDI Blumotion Passat. This car gets an incredible 74.8 miles to a gallon of gas using a 1.6 liter engine. Volkswagen has maximized all the normal things that improve efficiency such as fancier aerodynamics, more computer control of the alternator, the charging system, tires that are actually more efficient (not just pumped up by Presbo), direct injection, and the like. This is a production model and has been in production for the past 2 years. You can look it up. It hasn’t been scrubbed from Wikipedia. Yet.
Not just in Europe. They sell it in South America too. And would sell it here, if the federal government wasn’t prohibiting them from doing it.
You see, these cars, in order to maximize efficiency, produce 10% more pollutants per gallon of gas. Doesn’t matter that they end up using half as much fuel for a substantial net decrease in pollution. Our government collects taxes based on the number of gallons sold and pockets twice as money in taxes as the oil companies make in profit per gallon sold. They also insist on rating cars based on the amount of pullutants produced per gallon. Not base on the pollutants per mile. They are not ABOUT to let cars into the country that would suddenly get twice the average mileage as the ones that we are buying now. All that pretty tax revenue would suddenly and quickly be cut in half and then the government might have to look elsewhere for the money it gives to terrorists in Palestine and in foreign aid to all of those countries that keep voting against us at the UN.
Kidding. All of that money comes out of a different slush fund and is borrowed from China.
If we suddenly had half the gallons of gas sold and people were suddenly no longer having to compromise on their budgets because the cost of running their cars was no longer going through the roof, not just would tax revenue go down, but what would happen to all of those silly green energy programs that are predicated on the cost of energy continuing to “skyrocket” as Presbo said. What if he and his Energy Secretary Steven Chu were to complete their efforts to get gasoline jacket up to $9 a gallon like it is in Europe, like they said they intended, and the flood of efficient cars suddenly made it like the public were still “only” paying less than half that. Might even start to look like we don’t really need the nanny-state. How are they then going to justify continuing to increase yet again the cost of energy to $15-18 a gallon in order to keep the green energy push from collapsing and without their beginning to look even more manipulative, callous, and self-serving.
As if THAT were possible.