[Vwdiesel] Alternate Fuels Tree Huggers and Economics

Tony Boucher cdn_borne at hotmail.com
Tue May 17 21:22:09 EDT 2005

I will try not to offend too many people, but I am sure I will.

I am all for alternate fuels. Hydrogen ,Alcohol, hybrid or whatever. But 
there is a very REAL factor that in my mind needs to be looked at, and that 
is economics. From what I see in the media , the people that seem to be 
making a fuss about pollution, the environment, buying new and improved high 
efficiency appliances and $30,000 hybrid cars …etc Seem to have the money to 
support their beliefs. Now I am for these things too. But I can’t afford 
them. Plain and simple!

I make a good living . I support my wife and two kids. I recycle when and 
where I can. I try and buy good used items when I can. I drive old cars (one 
gas one diesel) for a couple of reasons.

1. I can afford to buy them out right. No loans! I recycle. (Just think of 
the energy it takes to manufacture a new car?)
2. I can fix them! no chips , no fancy diagnostic tools.
3. Parts are cheap. (I bought a set of rotors for my 86 Golf on the weekend. 
$30 bucks for the pair)
4. I travel on average 150 kilmoters per day. Back and forth to work. (Fuel 
costs) Hence the interest in Bio-diesel, canola …etc. (plus I like playing 
with technology)

So, Tree huggers think before you preach!

Economics playa a major role in some of our lives in regards to the choices 
we HAVE to make.
Like it or not.

Signed Tony- a Red neck Hippie. Make love not war and drive a diesel 

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's 
character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

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