Posted by: David Kiley on March 30, 2006
….comes from The Wall Street Journal story about the new fuel economy regulation for sport utility vehicles
But the rules prompted environmentalists to question President Bush’s commitment to reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. “Gas prices went up, we had two hurricanes and the president admitted we were addicted to oil, and yet we couldn’t get anything more out of them?” said David Friedman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “To me, it defies logic.” Others question the program’s effectiveness, saying that when vehicles become more fuel-efficient, people simply drive more.
The boldface sentence above is not attributed to David Friedman, a smart guy. It’s unattributed. I only included Friedman’s comments for context. But it is nonsense to assert that people will drive more than they otherwise would when they have a more fuel efficient vehicle. Who is the person that says…Gee, I think I’ll drive to the 7-11 again now because I have a hybrid. I don’t need anything, but hey, I have a more fuel efficient vehicle, so let the good times roll.