Part of the reason being that cars have gotten a great deal heavier with all the extra safety stuff we put into them nowadays.
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SUVs are not the problem. A culture that finds it acceptable to live 30 miles from work is the problem. It wouldn't matter if everyone was driving Priuses, the environmental damage from that would still be enormous.
“several timber industry groups underwrote a book called The Truax with a pro-tree-cutting hero.” Truax is a logger, and his antagonist in the book (which you can read online) is Guardbark, an ugly woodland monster and rabid, unreasonable environmentalist.
The Lorax is a symbol of environmentalism, perhaps radical environmentalism. Automobiles may be beneficial for some reasons, but they are environmentally damaging, full stop. It is not a "Lorax product" no matter what gas mileage it gets, because.... even if it ran on air the product would still need massive damaging infrastructure support. Which is the world we live in and to a certain degree have to accept.
I think the idea that we can just fix things by doing the same sorts of thing more efficiently is dodgy at best —
How do you figure? Have a look at this chart of Honda's curb weights from the 60s to the present day. The Civic has almost doubled in weight since it first appeared. Cars today come loaded with a lot more "stuff" than they used to, and that all adds to weight and decreases mileage. ABS and ESC and side airbags etc. etc. are all great things, but they do pork the car up--unavoidably.
I agree with most of what you're posting here, but it's CAFE standards themselves that lead to subpar gas mileage. What happens now is that the government sets a target, and auto manufacturers have absolutely zero incentive to do anything but meet the target, which may or may not have any basis in the realities of gas prices or supply and demand.
In other words, we could discover a massive new oil supply tomorrow and CAFE standards might be too high at 35mpg (or whatever they are now) for an automaker's fleet; the Saudi supply could go offline tomorrow, leading to a price spike, and the same standard would be too low. It would take Congress years to adjust to the new reality, in which time some other events might happen to change the price again.
This is a dark story with a heavy message, and it’s been transformed into a harmless, pretty confection. In defanging it for comic effect, the filmmakers have done Seuss as much of a disrespectful disservice as if they’d laid on the fart gags.
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