Geez. This seems to have hit a nerve.
read your whole post, phobe!)
Seems like you made some good points. On the other hand, you're not comparing these cute little Toys to GM Heavy Duty trucks, are ya?
The auto industry sucks eggs.
Case in point:
There was a story on the news tonight about a design school in Philly. The school entered a nation-wide contest dealing with alternative-fuel cars. The team developed a hot-looking two-seat exotic-style open top sports car with dual engines: a Honda electric engine up front, and a 100-horse VW engine in the back. The car runs entirely on (CHEAP) corn oil, and gets 50 mpg. Oh yeah; it ALSO goes 0-60 in under four seconds!
The team from the Philly school won first place, beating MIT, among others, in the process.
So...if a bunch of kids (granted, smart/talented ones) can build a running car that would put America's farmers back to work, help the economy, and help to reduce our dependence on oil, why can't the auto manufacturers do the same?
Well... at least part of the answer is in my question. Oil. The oil companies don't want the auto manufacturers to develop alternative-fuel cars. And those oil companies probably spend a lot of money to keep things exactly as they are. And the government doesn't seem overly concerned, either. Hell, the President is an oil man himself.