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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

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Monday, January 17, 2005

Detroit Auto Show highlights low MPG autos

This is an interesting article by TNR's Gregg Easterbrook on how things were looking at the Detroit show this last week. On the TV coverage, you might have seen things like air-conditioned seats, and heated steering wheels. Or you might have noticed the prominience of hydrogen-powered cars. (Never mind that there's no method of producing hydrogen fuel cells that saves any more fossil fuels than just using gasoline.)

But those hydrogen cars were just a red herring. According to Easterbrook, the real story was more horsepower. And that means burning more gas. Interesting stuff.