Just venting (nothing to do with Real Estate)

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

My wife read me an article from a magazine she was reading this morning about how much water a bathroom faucet is allow to put out per minute.  I say allowed because the government is involved and has regulations regarding the amount of water a faucet can use, and a toilet for that matter.  I personally feel that this is good we are watching our water consumption, but I have a question.  If our government can regulate the home building/remodeling industry to the point of ensuring manufactures of faucets control their water output, why can't they get a grip on the automobile industry so we can have vehicles that get better mileage then they did when my brother went off to Vietnam?  That was 40 years ago and yet we still only have a few Hybrid vehicles and still find ourselves dependant on other country's (who are not always our best friends) to supply our fuel.  Something just seems a little out of whack to me.

 

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest

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Rainmaker
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Kevin Robinson
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I agree that we should have some type of better mileage car by now. Don't forget market forces. When people are ready for them , they will buy. I still fell that we should drill for oil in our own country more than we do. 
Mar 22, 2008 09:15 AM #1
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Herb Hamilton
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General motors did create a fabulous hybrid. They pulled if from the market. I have also known many people who over the years have designed fuel efficient systems for automobiles. Those patents were bought out and never put into production.

Big Oil money has been and continues to be behind all of the stifiling of progress. It is not to there benefit to have efficient automobiles.

When George Bush was elected in 2000 I was telling everyone then that you can kiss fuel efficient automobiles goodby. No legislation will be done requiring better fuel consumption as long as an Oil man and an Oil Mans Family are in the White House.

Mar 22, 2008 09:15 AM #2
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Paula Reno
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The answer to your questions is. Our Politicians are making loads of money on the fuel we buy. The Bushes own big oil wells and are making a mint... Lord have mercy they would have to live like we do...

 

Mar 22, 2008 09:16 AM #3
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Kim Sellers
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Well said. I am waiting and my patience is wearing thin, we need something to happen in a positive note on the fuel crisis. Everything we have comes by truck or boat, obviously everything will be more expensive in the near future if not already there.
Mar 22, 2008 09:18 AM #4
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It`s hard to believe the BIG 3 in the car industry refused to see the future.

Mar 22, 2008 09:23 AM #5
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Sean Allen
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Hey Brett,

I agree with you. There are NUMEROUS issues that I question or don't agree with, but energy consumption would be at everyones best interest and should have some regulations. I believe one reason why we don't have better fuel milage requirements is that many politicians and Presidents have had monetary ties to the oil industry.

Sean Allen

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