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Re: Re: Re: Re: A Modest Proposal

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Posted by Ludwig on April 09, 2004 at 13:15:03 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: A Modest Proposal posted by Paula on April 09, 2004 at 13:06:29:

Ahh, heres the deal though if we all cut back on our fuel use even just a little bit then some kid doesn't have to go get killed in Iraq. Because of your choices you (and something like 600,000,000 other Americans) have sort of forced the global position into this crazy unsustainable situation. It didn't happen over night and I don't think anybody ever ment for it to get this way but here we are.
The only way to go the other way toward a sustainable world is for everybody to make decisions that will push us in that direction.
What that doesn't mean is that everybody with a lower fuel mileage vehicle has to go out and buy a new one. What it means is that we need to tell the manufacturers that the current breed of gas guzzlers isn't good enough. We know that even powerful engines can get better mileage. My V8 5.2l Dakoter gets 19mpg, how come the I6 4.0l Cherokee gets the same? My '88 GMC 5.7l pickup gets about 12mpg, how come today's pickups get about the same? Wheres the progress?
Granted we've come a long way from the 8mpg engines of the past, but we've got a long way to go.

Don't even get me started about compact flourescent light bulbs or vcrs that don't need a clock.

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