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Why has the focus been on ways to make cars use less gas instead of ways to use cars less?

The train factories don't have a lobby, while the car factories do?

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 16th, 2008 at 10:51:05 AM EST
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I think at least part of the reason is, that efficiency can more easily be sold as convenient. The message is, you can save the environment by purely technical solutions without any personal commitment.

And I think in Europe it is mostly not that way at all. Gas taxes are gas taxes, independent which way you are going to buy less gas.

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by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Wed Jul 16th, 2008 at 11:26:28 AM EST
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To be fair, anyone buying a car has the immediate option to use less gas.

Whereas going from a big sprawl to a low footprint city is not under the immediate control of the person making the decision...

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Thu Jul 17th, 2008 at 05:51:26 AM EST
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