FUEL MISERLINESS = HIGHER VEHICLE COSTS: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal explains why you will be paying more for vehicles in the years ahead, despite claims they will be far more fuel efficient. Fuel mileage and carbon emissions mandates are forcing automakers to use lighter composite materials and redesigning engines and vehicles to comply with the federal rules. Guess who pays for all that R&D? What's unfortunate and unjust about this situation is that the world has abundant proven oil reserves; the earth has not warmed in 10 years as global warming rationales collapse; engine technology and computerization of mechanical functions make vehicles more efficient anyway; and, here's the clincher: Americans want, like and need larger vehicles. That's something to think about as much of the U.S. skids around on the roadways this week amid a third frigid blast with record-breaking lows: Misinformed and clueless politics is needlessly inflating vehicle costs. -- Martin Romjue
The more casual and coarse society gets, the more chauffeured service can gleam with a counter-couture-culture.
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I did a test recently of two almost identical limo rides to and from the airport. It's time to talk about rates.