Mother-truckers!

 You’re driving down the highway, and are passed by a large semi, and you get angry.  Terms come to mind like climate crisis, global warming, carbon footprints, clean burning diesel? Wait… there’s something wrong… you don’t think of diesel as clean, it’s dirty, and bad for the enviroment, and you’d never be caught dead cashing in that pretty lil prius for a diesel chugging car. Why? Why is it that the rest of the world has embraced diesel technology and we in the US have not? This was the topic discussed in a recent ZDNet blog post about energy consumption.

Already Schaeffer can point to diesel’s higher efficiency as fuel when compared to gasoline. And, he adds, diesel is an earlier distillate when derived from petroleum. Thus it requires less energy and expense to produce. The European Union has long recognized diesel as a more efficient fuel, taxing it at a lower rate than gasoline. The result: last year E.U. new car sales were 50% diesel. In the U.S. that figure was less than 4%. Schaeffer’s confident there’s a diesel surge in America’s future. A combination of new tech and new federal EPA regs will kick in. By 2010 diesel and gas-burning cars and light trucks will have the same mileage and smog standards.

Already Schaeffer can point to diesel’s higher efficiency as fuel when compared to gasoline. And, he adds, diesel is an earlier distillate when derived from petroleum. Thus it requires less energy and expense to produce. The European Union has long recognized diesel as a more efficient fuel, taxing it at a lower rate than gasoline. The result: last year E.U. new car sales were 50% diesel. In the U.S. that figure was less than 4%. Schaeffer’s confident there’s a diesel surge in America’s future. A combination of new tech and new federal EPA regs will kick in. By 2010 diesel and gas-burning cars and light trucks will have the same mileage and smog standards.

Many good points are brought up in the article, biodiesel, and sulfur reduced diesel are only the start. Diesel engines are more efficient, and if you were to look back in the US history, you’ll see during energy crisis, we produce diesel vehicles. As the country starts to realize that it will be very hard to reduce our consumption, we will eventually find ways to reduce the impact of our indulgence. Americans do not want to use less, we just want to use more less impactful products.

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~ by brandontonio on August 30, 2007.

4 Responses to “Mother-truckers!”

  1. And you can always go to biodiesel which is even cleaner.

  2. That is a passion of mine, I have an 85′ 300TD benz that I run it in when I can. I truly believe it to be the way to foreign oil independence. Ethanol is not the answer, it isn’t efficient enough to produce, and our bulk pollution and consumption is still commercial diesel vehicles… /rant

  3. […] Brandontonio’s blog is an interesting piece on diesel fuel. In it, he remarks upon the fact that American’s tend to scoff at diesel fuel despite it’s benefits compared to gasoline. Europeans have noticed this and are ahead in their usage. This blog was based upon an article that brandontonio found. Why aren’t more people informed about the use of diesel as an alternative to gasoline? […]

  4. I know, people spend way too much time focusing on ethanol without seeing how much more energy it wastes just to create it- the technology just isn’t there. Thanks for your comment.

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