A colleague of mine drives such a machine and tells me it struggles to get ten miles to the gallon and she lives well outside the city limits so driving is part of her daily life. I get annoyed I can't get more than 43 miles per gallon out of my Bonneville at Keys speeds.
I heard a discussion on NPR recently discussing gas fracking in the North East. The suggestion by the industry flack was that poisoning the aquifer to get the gas would help make the US independent of foreign energy. The odd thing about that suggestion is that no one in power would ever support nationalizing the energy industry, and without state control energy independence isn't possible.
As long as oil and gas produced in the US is sold on the open market it will go to the highest bidder and that means anyone with the cash to bid can buy 'our' energy, even the wealthy Chinese. Imagine that. So even if we all drove high mileage cars and motorcycles energy independence is just a lie put about to fool the people into surrendering their environmental heritage. God bless globalization!
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