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Posted by Kubalister on July 21, 2006, 12:37 pm

John Ahlstrom wrote:

With a town that small surely it would be more environmentally friendly
to just walk or ride a bike. Or would that be an 'Un-American' thing to do?

With that sort of trip at high speeds for long durations of time a high
efficiency diesel vehicle would be more fuel efficient than a hybrid.

The rest of the world seems to get the impression that Americans are
hideously crippled chubby people that are so incapacitated they need an
SUV to transport themselves down the road.
If you do in fact have legs it would be far more beneficial to the
environment and your health to just walk or ride a bike.

Posted by Michael Pardee on July 21, 2006, 1:06 pm

That works for me in nice weather, but I was somewhat more inured to
bicycling in the rain when I was younger. Of course, I left quite a bit of
skin on the road in those days, too :-(
I haven't even tried bicycling in the snow.

OTOH, I've never had a job where I had to be dressed nicely - that makes
cycling impractical and makes walking less attractive in any but the best

Carrying a large tool box would also make things tricky without a car. My
point is: probably better not to assume others have it as easy as we do.


Posted by Bill on July 21, 2006, 3:52 pm

I lived in Europe for a few years and took advantage of the fabulous public
transportation.  The population density, more than anything else, makes
public transportation work very well.  Take a good look at North Dakota,
Iowa, South Dakota, Montana... oh hell I could list 3/4ths of our states,
and you will discover that public transportation is only practical in the
largest of their cities and in those, it has to be subsidized.  If most
Americans lived shoulder-to-shoulder then America could be accurately
compared to "the rest of the world".

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on July 22, 2006, 9:29 pm

Kubalister wrote:

But only if you have a manual transmission and know how to drive for
efficiency...  But the diesel would put out far more emissions (even
with the car off/not moving!), especially more so until the new
low-sulfur fuel comes into the US...  Of course you have to be
somewhere that'll actually sell them, too (they've been too dirty to
sell new in the CA-emission states for a while now)...

Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on July 21, 2006, 8:58 pm

I can't answer your question but it sounds like your car will be in pristine
condition when it comes time to trade it in.

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