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Old 04-16-2006, 02:18 PM   #31
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Don't count on it, at least in the US. We (in general) love our big, "we (or our SOs) have tiny penises and have to compensate somehow" cars and SUVs.
Or there's the "we have 3 kids and spend a lot of time shuttling our kids and friends around to schools, classes and events and Euro-mini cars don't cut it" school

The "tiny penis" issue you're so concerned about is more the rinky-dink mid-life crisis sports car, or massive pick-up trucks with big-haulin' kick-ass V-8 engines mostly used to haul nothing larger than a 12-pack of Bud-lite. Low passenger transportation capability and totally unnecesarily low fuel consumption
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Re: I guess this is why gas prices are so HIGH!!!

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http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1841989&page=1

Exxon Executive will receive a 400 million dollars

I think I know where he put the $400 million.

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Old 04-17-2006, 11:11 AM   #33
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Regarding the high gas prices outside of the US, as much as 50% of the gasoline price(at current prices) in some countries is tax. The US gas tax is only a fraction of that (10-20% of the price at current prices).

Part of the reason for higher gasoline prices is the prevalence of traders and investors in the energy markets. Anyone with a commodities brokerage account can buy energy contracts. This causes the energy markets to be overly sensitive to perceived adverse events.
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Part of the reason for higher gasoline prices is the prevalence of traders and investors in the energy markets. Anyone with a commodities brokerage account can buy energy contracts. This causes the energy markets to be overly sensitive to perceived adverse events.
Therefore, we should have permission to kick these people in the nuts.
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We're at about $0.89 US/litre or $3.36 US/gallon here in Canada.

With more oil than we know what to do with.

NAFTA really fucked us up the ass. Thanks a lot, Mulroney, you sack of shit.
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Part of the reason for higher gasoline prices is the prevalence of traders and investors in the energy markets. Anyone with a commodities brokerage account can buy energy contracts. This causes the energy markets to be overly sensitive to perceived adverse events.
More market participants is a net positive in the long term.
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i'm still in favor of a gas tax.
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Don't count on it, at least in the US. We (in general) love our big, "we (or our SOs) have tiny penises and have to compensate somehow" cars and SUVs.

I think that trend is reversing itself. It's a cycle. In the 80's smaller more fuel efficient cars were more popular. Then came the SUV trend . That market has taken a tremendous hit in the last couple years.
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I think I know where he put the $400 million.

His face is falling off.
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:25 PM   #40
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Love my PRIUS
Me, too! Bought mine three months ago, and I've spent maybe $100 in gas total.

Get a Prius, folks. Looks small, but it's big enough to cart whatever you want around.

Plus, mark my words: Gas in the US will be $5 a gallon by 2010, if not more.
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I think that trend is reversing itself. It's a cycle. In the 80's smaller more fuel efficient cars were more popular. Then came the SUV trend . That market has taken a tremendous hit in the last couple years.
I remember. I learned to drive in the 80's. It also amazes me how the same sized familier now "needing" SUVs etc. got along fine in regular, often even compact sedans then.
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I remember. I learned to drive in the 80's. It also amazes me how the same sized familier now "needing" SUVs etc. got along fine in regular, often even compact sedans then.
Exactly. Having kids sit a foot away from each other really doesn't cause any fewer fights, screaming, bickering, etc. than having them sit right next to each other. I fought with my brother when we sat next to each other in a Honda Civic, and I fought with him when we were three feet apart in a Chevy van. As for "needing the space," unless you're honestly lugging around tents and sleeping bags and stuff like that every single weekend, carrying a kid's soccer ball, water bottle, etc. doesn't require dozens of cubic feet of space.

Honestly, we'd do much better for our kids by not driving something that gets 12 miles to the gallon.
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i still miss my k-car.

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Do hybrid cars really save you money?

This study reported on by NPR, based on a gas price of $3/gallon finds that it will take you 15 YEARS to make up the difference in the cost of the car via your savings on gas.

Still the major reason why more people are not switching over.
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There are a number of cars that get better milage than hybrids - and they tend to be cheaper than the hybrids.
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