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Odds and ends.

My choice is diesel.

Years ago I had a cabin in Crown King, AZ and they had a huge truck that was multi-fuel. They told me it would burn almost anything from diesel to vodka.

I understand that genetic manipulation is being used to develop plants that will grow anywhere and when squeezed produce diesel fuel burnable without modifying the engine or fuel system.

Don't some buses in England run on big flywheels that store a tremendous amount of energy. (Although I'd be nervous sitting on a flywheel that, if it gets loose, would go through a 5-foot thick concrete wall!)

Catalytic converters have been developed that just about eliminate any pollution from diesel engines.

Diesel engines are much simpler that gas engines. Why would I buy a hybrid that not only has all the maintenance problems of a gas engine but also maintenance problems associated with the batteries and motors.

With all the furor over global warming I haven't heard anyone point out that the heat from paved land, air conditioners, heating systems, motor vehicles, nuclear power plants, fueled electric plants and many other sources may be causing part of the warming.

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Mileage

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My friend's '05 Prius doesn't get any better fuel economy than my '02 Honda Accord. Sitting at idle in traffic and stop and go in city what does it.

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That is a great point...

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People are talking on and on about the supposed value of electric hybrids for little reason. That is because of the much higher cost associated with Hybrids that people don't want to talk about. For one thing, the hybrids are NOT getting the great MPG that we were mislead in to believing in the first place. Just this past week, the government announced that they are LOWERING the mpg ratings of all newer vehicles, because they found actual real-world mileage figures that the those cars were getting were highly exaggerated and distorted.
Since the mpg ratings are much lower than anticipated, who would in their right minds want to spend an extra $7,000 dollars for a hybrid that won't save them any money?
The thing to do, is to buy diesels that get better mileage figures than hybrids, and that won't have the hidden costs down the road that cannot be re-couped with phony high mpg ratings.

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I agree.

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I'm not convinced at all by hybrids. There are many technologies I am interested in seeing come about. But hybrids do not impress me at this time. Tons of extra stuff, and junk and cost... very little real improvement in mileage.

In the short term, I agree with this. Diesel is the way to go. Diesels have been getting much better gas mileage, with very little extra cost. The main reason Diesels cost more here in America, is only because so few are made here. If Diesels were as common here as in other parts of the world, they would cost no more than gasoline cars.

Government regulations have held auto makers from producing Diesels in America. Government *always* screws things up. They need to get they're dirty hands out of our pockets and our lives. Then maybe we'd see some decent cars with good gas mileage. Cut some red tape and we'll be driving 200 horse power sports cars that get 30 miles per gallon.

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