Hold your gas until you turn blue

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.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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2 Responses to Hold your gas until you turn blue

  1. bullright says:

    Very interesting, so its not just rumor. I bet gubmint could pull a tax increase from the drawer real quick. The strange part is how the emperor w/no clothes loves those electric cars. Do they factor the real carbon footprint of those? But this car could crush his mass-trans dreams too.

  2. drrik says:

    Mass transit only works if the people paying for it are not trying to ride it. It is the least expensive in dollars per passanger mile for the riders, and the most expensive per passenger miles in the actual cost to run. The dirty little secret is that it couldn’t carry all the people that are actually paying for it, if they actually tried to use it. It is just another weatlh distribution. It is only efficient if it actually runs full all the time. But it doesn’t. And the overhead acrues even when it runs empty.

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