Thursday, December 15, 2005

US Price of Gasoline Hovers Above $2, Still No Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Only Ohio has an average price less than $2 per gallon for regular unleaded. They pay just $1.99.
Even in the face of this fact, not to mention declining sales, forced plant closures and massive layoffs industry-wide, the 2006 Ford Explorer will achieve just 15mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. This might seem an improvement, until you consider in 1908 the Ford Model T was getting 13 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Sure, it didn't have power windows and door locks, a jammin' stereo system and heated seats, but in terms of basic performance, you could get no further in one than in the other. Although they have different size fuel tanks and reliability issues, a gallon of gas got you no further one hundred years ago than it does today.
The whole point of a car is to get you from point A to point B. In one hundred years we are not much better at doing it, we just have more style as its being done.
This information was presented in the "Raw Data" section of the Jan. 2006 issue of Playboy. Hopefully it will inspire an entire generation of impressionable young boys into leaving behind the fossil fuel dinosaurs their great-great-grandad drove in favor for something with sleeker lines and better efficiency

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