1. In Utah, the cost of diesel typically runs 25% higher than gasoline. That’s something to consider when calculating savings from the better mileage of automobile diesel engines: it’s got to get 25% better mileage just to cost the same.

    As diesel prices increase, at some point it will no longer be cost-effective to ship cheap goods by truck. We may still get them by rail (where available), but that suggests some painful changes in employment patterns, since trucking employs over 6 million people in this country.

    BTW, what kind of mileage does Sue get in her diesel?

  2. Sue gets about 40 mpg in the VW New Beetle diesel. My Prius gets 44, so the VW does quite well.

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