I’m not sure that the facts in this
commentary from California’s Whittier Daily
are completely accurate (the author says that demand for hybrid cars
is low and that people don’t really
care what their cars run on, as long as it’s dependable, and we have heard the opposite from both car
manufacturers and purchasers in the last few days), but there are some good points in the piece. Namely, while biofuels
are often seen as a way to become energy independent, what happens when drought or violent storms ruin the crop harvest?
Also, if auto manufacturers can get some regular gasoline cars into the 40 mpg range, why shouldn’t the CAFE
standards be raised? Recognizing, as the author does, that America has some serious competition when it comes to
getting oil supplies, finding ways to use less is a great idea.
[Source: Whittier Daily News, Hat Tip to our
man Joel A.]