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July 25, 2008 - VW JETTA TDI CLEAN DIESEL: NEXT UP FOR DEALER PRICE GOUGING?:   We wonder - is this the next high-MPG car to which auto dealers will be tacking on a premium in order to gouge consumers?  There has been a lot of news this week about the soon-to-be-released 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel.  A reviewer at the Hartford Courant concluded: "  Making the TDI even more appealing:   ...  Does a car company only have to put out green vehicles to get credit for being environmentally-friendly or can additional activities get them the sought-after green approval?  We've talked before about how   Now it looks like, in addition to developing electric vehicles,    ...  And the BBB is issuing a warning to consumers:   Just remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is ...  
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July 18, 2008 - BEST CASE FOR HIGHER MPG: NO GAS PRICE FIX:   What's the best argument for the highest possible MPG standard right now?  Experts agree:  There is no easy gas price fix.   As Fox News reports: "Sky high gas prices are not caused by any one reason, but rather a complex puzzle of events that are all interconnected. ... Dr. Dan Yergin and Roger Diwan were pushed and pulled in all directions, as each senator tried to get either expert to provide information that gave credence to their cause. Yergin, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, implored members not to look for 'either, or' solutions. But that was not what most had in mind. Diwan, an energy markets expert, urged members to look at a constantly changing range of connected events. ... Yergin outlined what he saw as the reasons for sky high gas prices: speculation, the weak dollar, geopolitics or volatile world events, like Iran's nuclear ambitions, and a 'shortage psychology.'"  ...  Massive subsidies from the U.S. federal government will be required to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a large part of our transportation future, according to a report from the National Research Council released this week. In order to make hydrogen vehicles cost competitive with conventional cars and truck, subsidies totaling $55 billion over the next 15 years would be required.   Gee, wouldn't it just be cheaper to buy everyone one of those ?  ...  A recent piece from Huffington Post begs the question -   Good question ...
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