Comments: Fuel Follies

Meeting the mpg is easy. Use 1000 hybrid cars (with supermodels driving) to carry 20 lbs each, rather than using truck to carry 20,000 lbs. Of course, the 1000 hybrids will use about 1000 gallons compared to 300 gallons for the truck, but our mpg are great.

Posted by Phelps at September 26, 2011 12:01 AM

Only 70%? That can't be right. Other than a fraction of 1% that are sold at road-side stands next to the fields, everything goes by truck. Even stuff that goes by rail, sea, and air eventually go by truck that last couple of miles. While some neighborhoods have burried gas lines, there are also a lot that have gas delivered by truck. Every gas station gets its fuel delivered by truck. Everything in walmart and your local grocery store comes by truck. Even new trucks come by truck. I think the only consumer good that does not go by truck at any time in its delivery cycle is electricity. And that will use extensive truck support in pre-production.

Posted by Professor Hale at September 26, 2011 10:03 AM

I'm with the Prof on this 5 things that are not or do not use items transported by truck.

Posted by JP at September 27, 2011 01:52 AM

Dear Prof. and JP:

Actually, we're all together on this one. I used 70% as an average of the several statistics I've found on this particular issue. I did this because of the wide variation in methodology used to find a number, which you correctly pointed out. Some 30% of goods are moved by rail, various parcel services, even by jet, but some significant portion of that 30% is doubtless transported at least some distance by diesel-fueled trucks.

I don't believe we have any disagreement at all that because such a significant portion of consumer goods are transported in whole or part by truck, such regulations will have very harmful effects on the economy and on all Americans of every economic strata. Then again, that may be just what the Obamites want.

Thanks for your comments!

Posted by Mike Mc at September 27, 2011 05:12 PM