Re: Energy and "the Clash of Civilizations" -- a policy thoughtproblem

From: James Rogers (
Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 13:26:27 MDT

On 9/29/01 3:29 AM, "Eugene Leitl" <> wrote:
> Taxing gas guzzlers would seem a smart idea. There's no point in a half of
> ton of steel on wheels to just move one monkey from A to B. Make that
> monkey pay for the privilege.

It would be a very tiny car that only used half a ton of steel. My Volvo
weighs in at almost two tons (but gets good gas mileage). Point taken

However, the only gas guzzler I own is a big truck that would be nigh
useless if it wasn't a gas guzzler. Torque and horsepower isn't free. The
only possibly legitimate distinction I can see would be the "luxury SUV"
class of vehicle, which frequently has the big engine but lacks many of the
other things that make a big engine usable for something. "Big hat, no
cattle" in a sense.

-James Rogers

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