christopher heiser <christopher AT heiser DOT net>
Date Published: August 29th, 2008
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The Downside of Light Cars

There's been a lot of back-and-forth between rich consumers who can afford larger, fuel-hungry vehicles and those who espouse the environmental benefits of lighter, more efficient cars. The major argument from the large-car crowd has been safety to the occupants. A recent report seems to bear this argument out, with claims about 15% higher for lighter cars. It's difficult to say how significant this is, and how it compares to the environmental and geopolitical impact of more oil consumption, but I'd hazard a guess and say that the argument is still on the side of the lighter cars. Still, it's good to have some data to discuss instead of just conjecture and emotion.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:18
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