[extropy-chat] Debate on Peak Oil

Alfio Puglisi puglisi at arcetri.astro.it
Tue May 3 21:21:57 UTC 2005

On Tue, 3 May 2005, Alfio Puglisi wrote:

>Actually there is an effect: Europeans tend to drive much more efficient
>cars and drive less miles. Something that was immediately evident in Hal's
>post was that a 30 mpg car is seen so efficient that it must be a hybrid (!)
>Nowadays a 30 mpg car would be a "thirsty" one in any European nation,
>except for very big and/or sport cars. Ordinary gasoline cars are about 40
>mpg, new diesels are a bit better (as long as you don't run the proverbial
>circle around gasoline cars), cars tuned for low consumption easily get
>50+ mpg. Also, a 20 km (12 miles) commute is seen as quite long.

Now before too many people point that out, those numbers weren't quite
right. Checking with Google's calculator gives somewhat lower mpg numbers
:-)) sorry folks


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