Dodge has released a new honkin’ truck. Some of the PC/tree-hugger/enviro-nazi types are whining about it because it only gets 7mpg in the city.
Let’s chat about this for a moment. First off, if you buy a truck like that, you aren’t very likely to be living “in the city”. One, it’s too dang hard to find a parking place. Let’s face it – most parking lots are striped for mini-Coopers and not the behemoth vehicles.
Secondly, if you’ve bought such a behemoth, it’s likely because you have some need for it – either in hauling or towing which renders it a work truck. I hate to tell the tree-hugging hippies this, but even your $8.00/lb free range chicken breasts get hauled – by – OMG – a truck – into the grocery store. People need vehicles that can do stuff. If everyone’s driving a Prius, how much food do you think is going to make it to the grocery store dumba$$?
Thirdly, why does it have to run on petrolium? Isn’t E-85 or biodiesel a totally viable alternative? The truck I own now is “flex fuel ready” – it rolled off the assembly line that way. Most cars and trucks currently on the road did. My biggiest question is this:
Why aren’t we converting to using more ethanol? Why are we continuing to buy oil which only goes to fund the jacka$$e$ we’re over in Iraq fighting? Ethanol production for fuel would provide a whole new lease on life to our economy. Can anyone say creation of jobs????
I currently own a Dodge RAM quad-cab just a few years older than this one and with nearly as big an engine. I don’t drive it to work most days because we do live “in the city.” What I have considered doing is trading it in for much the same model but with a diesel engine so that I can make and burn my own biodiesel.