The auto industry will continue to manufacture gas guzzlers as long as we buy them.

It doesn’t take any expertise to realize that the price of energy affects the cost of everything from driving to work, to the food we eat, to any merchandise sold. The list is endless.

Automakers haven’t done much to improve the gas mileage of trucks and SUVs, just check out fueleconomy.gov. All of them have tried a bit to make more efficient vehicles, at least enough to say they’re “trying”. Truck mileage is still close to 1980 standards. Most SUVs are a close second.

Why improve mileage? Consumers did not ask for it. The American consumer was sold “sparklies” to distract from the basic mileage problem. Some progress has been made, but if gas mileage improved as fast as hatchback design or electric gadgets, our wallets and the environment would be so happy.

When events like hurricanes or a Russian dictator disrupt the global market, we all scream about the cost of energy. We blame the government. The government has nothing to do with the price of fuel. Energy producers do it, and the less there is, the more they charge.

Huge profits are made from our pain, and we, as consumers, share the blame. As long as we continue to buy these gas guzzlers, they will continue to sell them.


I’m still amazed that our species has survived this long. The idiocy of paying $3.70 a gallon to get 15 miles per gallon (while destroying the planet) is mind-boggling.

bill georgen

guilderland