Brad Messer Commentary
Monday, September 29, 2003


Where Are the 80mpg Cars?

Here is an Associated Press news headline from ten years ago today:

Quote - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Clinton ... unveiled a government alliance with the Big Three automakers to develop cars by the year 2003 that would get 80 miles per gallon. - End Quote

Science, and the government, promised eighty miles per gallon by 2003. Folks, the current Corporate Average Fuel Economy [CAFE] standard is 27 mpg for cars, 20 mpg light trucks.

So here's the shocking truth: decent 80 mile per gallon cars turn out to be a big, fat Science lie— just like personal hovercraft. In my lifetime, Science has promised me a jet-pak, vacations on the moon (at least for rich people), backpack helicopters, and an average human lifespan of 120 years.

So much for Science promises.

What does come true? Stuff that is not predicted— telemarketing, waterfall shower heads, the internet, Thighmasters, stuff like that.

The moral is this: C'est la vie, say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.

Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.


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