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Roxor Only Sane Fox from Land Down Under
Only Sane Fox
Mar 19th 2011 at 8:47:54 AM

Maybe they're not complaining about the petrol prices because $4 for a gallon of petrol is actually fairly cheap. It comes out to about $1.05 per litre. Over here in Australia the last petrol price I saw was about $1.35 per litre.

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 19th 2011 at 8:51:02 AM

The first time prices shot up to $3 a gallon we were all worried about the collapse of society.

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edited 19th Mar '11 10:34:08 AM by HungryJoe

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InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
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Mar 19th 2011 at 10:42:36 AM

There is a hell of a lot of complaining going on around here.

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Mar 19th 2011 at 11:34:20 AM

Re: Electric cars: Actually, they're pretty feasible. Look at the Chevy Volt. It has 35 miles of pure electric driving, which is about an hours worth. Then it starts running on gas for 30+ MPG, giving it a range of over 300 miles. It'd actually get me around the same distance as my Honda Fit would with a full tank of gas.

I'm out in the middle of fucking nowhere, and my college commute is 40 minutes one way. I could make 3/4ths of the drive to and from without any gas whatsoever. That's pretty good.

edited 19th Mar '11 11:36:49 AM by Miijhal

LolipodDistortion HIP HOP HIPSTER from Austin, Texas
HIP HOP HIPSTER
Mar 19th 2011 at 11:36:02 AM

I'm pretty sure I heard that making one polluts just as much as driving a normal car for a good while does though.

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Mar 19th 2011 at 11:37:47 AM

Does that factor in the pollution involved in extracting, processing, and transporting the gas?

LolipodDistortion HIP HOP HIPSTER from Austin, Texas
HIP HOP HIPSTER
Mar 19th 2011 at 11:38:44 AM

Not sure. Probably not.

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RocketDude Face Time from AZ, United States
Face Time
Mar 19th 2011 at 1:19:24 PM

@Loli, Miij: I think they're referring to the batteries, which kinda damage the environment due to how they made or something.

Mind you, I'd probably prefer a shift to E-85 and E-100 biofuels.

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Morven Nemesis from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Mar 19th 2011 at 4:41:51 PM

Why would you prefer a shift to ethanol? Ethanol production doesn't appear to be any "greener" than petroleum extraction.

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Mar 19th 2011 at 5:00:24 PM

In some cases it's worse.

Ethanol is less efficient, only slightly less polluting, and impossible to supply the entire nation with without seriously cutting into crops or causing massive ecological damage.

If you're going for a biofuel, algal biodiesel is pretty much the best bet, at the moment, since it's more efficient, less polluting, requires less land, doesn't cut into crops, can be produced in high quantities, and, most importantly, requires little change to the current diesel infrastructure and won't actually effect the cost of diesel vehicles in any notable way (and in fact, may REDUCE maintenance costs). And right now, the technology for it is a few years off (though not by much).

edited 19th Mar '11 5:02:53 PM by Miijhal

HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 19th 2011 at 5:24:57 PM

Wouldn't it be cool if people bred their own fuel mixtures at home?

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Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Mar 19th 2011 at 5:50:51 PM

I'm going to go with a simple "no" on that.

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Mar 19th 2011 at 5:52:52 PM

It'd have to be the same mixture available wherever you went to fill up.

Mar 19th 2011 at 6:00:13 PM

A few people make homemade biodiesel from used cooking oil.

HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 19th 2011 at 6:02:11 PM

You're just saying that because my algae sent your algae crying home to its progenitor.

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Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Mar 19th 2011 at 6:48:52 PM

Keeping the fuel standardized across houses would be murder. Also, keeping the things functional would be expensive, unlike cooking. People who make fuel from cooking oil know what they're doing. As a rule, the general public doesn't.

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HungryJoe Gristknife from Under the Tree
Gristknife
Mar 19th 2011 at 6:51:12 PM

Just because I didn't load on smilelies doesn't mean I was serious.

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Things make people happy
Mar 19th 2011 at 8:18:44 PM

Hmm... it might be better to have small local cooking grease plants that you can bring your grease to and get a bit of a discount on gas. Although it would probably be better for things like lawnmowers and other relatively small things.

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Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Mar 19th 2011 at 9:00:36 PM

You don't actually have to use grease plants. You can just pull up to a fast food joint and use their stuff. They'll give it to you to because they have to ensure disposal and "I'll take that from you for free" is better than "pay me to take care of this stuff".

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Morven Nemesis from Seattle, WA, USA
Nemesis
Mar 19th 2011 at 10:09:58 PM

That only works when almost nobody else is doing it, of course. Everyone starts using it for fuel, suddenly it has value.

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Deboss I see the Awesomeness. from Awesomeville Texas
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Mar 20th 2011 at 12:13:49 AM

I haven't gotten gas since it hit 3.85 here in Hawaii - it's already over 4 bucks, and it's been less than two weeks since I filled up.

Glad I got some overtime hours in recently.

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bitchy queen
Mar 20th 2011 at 10:16:34 AM

Gas prices will, most likely, be as high as Europe's one day. I just see it as a natural progression of things that will lead to a more public transportation-emphasized future.

Yeah it sucks, especially since I will soon get my license, but there's really not much I can do about it. And to be completely honest, I think it will lead to an overall better future.

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Slay foes with bow and arrow
Mar 20th 2011 at 10:36:10 AM

If I could magically rearrange the U.S. infrastructure to be based around public transit instead of cars I would.

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Oh My
Mar 20th 2011 at 11:06:14 AM

I would kill hundreds of kittens and babies if it would make the US suddenly redesigned to be more public transportation friendly.

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