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#1 posted 05-10-2012 03:47 PM

Typical myopic though well meaning government regulations.

The High MPG Diesels are available globally. – - – as they point out, it is the pollution regulations the forbid these.

I don’t think it was intended to be so conspiratorial, but rather a bunch of dumbass potheads in california, that couldn’t do the math.
As they pushed the EMISSION number, it is all done as a Concentration (usually parts per million or ppm) of NOx, Sulfur, Particulates, etc.
There is no accounting for actual polution being generated though.

As an example – - these cars may MEASURE at the tailpipe, 50 ppm of particulates. The Chevy Suburban may be generating only 30 ppm with its catalytic converters and Emission controls in place.

The problem is that the Burb burn 5 gallons of gas for every 1 gallon from these diesel cars. So net the Burb is using.
so 5X30 = 150 for the burb
versus 1 X 50 = 50 for the high mpg diesel. The diesel is only CREATING 1/3 the pollution, but becuase it is 50 and the SUV is 30 the SUV is A-ok, and the Diesel is illegal.
All because we have a bunch of idiot politicians who only look at one number, rather than SOLUTIONS.

It wont change now because the Administration is pushing Electic cars – - – if you could buy a 70 mpg diesel, that will tow a camp trailer (caravan in Europe) that you see all the time. Who in the hell is going to buy a 50,000 dollar Chevy VOLT?
So we will instead have crony capitalism to continue to subsidize Government Motors.

This is where the true free market would have managed this – and tyou would see volkswagen and Ford really take off. Because in Europe you see the 1.5liter diesel Ford Focus and the larger van/wagon Focus called the C-max EVERYWHERE.

The Safety argument is smoke and mirrors.

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