walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

You'd think Bloomberg could do leads better than _this_. . .

Headline is: U.S. Record $4 Gasoline Remains a Bargain in Europe (Update2)

Author is Jordan Burke.

Lead is: "May 30 (Bloomberg) -- Anyone wondering why Americans show no signs of abandoning their vehicles as gasoline fetches almost $4 gallon can find the answer in Europe, where the price of petrol hasn't been that low in at least six years."

Right. No signs of abandoning their vehicles, as they trade in their SUVs for subcompacts and hybrids at record rates and stop buying SUVs and pickups entirely. No signs of abandoning their vehicles as public transit across the country is jammed with people: carpool/park and ride lots are full earlier and earlier in the morning; buses and trains are dangerously overloaded and the public transportation departments are screaming for more money to add capacity as overall capacity exceeds all records. No signs of abandoning their vehicles as cities and regions add rideshare websites to help people find others to commute with. No signs of abandoning their vehicles as gasoline usage not only fails to rise but actually _drops_. No signs of abandoning their vehicles as state agencies and corporate employers start seriously going after a 4 day workweek and supporting telecommuting options.

Sure. Anyone wondering why Americans show _no_ signs of abandoning their vehicles needn't look as far as Europe. They should start by examining their eyesight, exposure to the media, and possibly, their head.

ETA: bike shops are seeing 30 year old rusted hulks being brought in so people can ride their bikes instead of cars. Scooter sales have taken off and are seeing purchasers who would never have bought one before and won't ever be moving "up" to a motorcycle. Wonky types who write about lending practices are suggesting that commute distance needs to be factored in as well as income and home value as transportation costs start to dominate a larger share of the household budget. I'm sure I've left several out still. . .

ETA2: the article itself is largely inoffensive and has some reasonable points to make. It's just that opening paragraph.

ETA3: This, however, is mildly mysterious. One assumes a typo:

"The most-purchased vehicle in Europe, Ford's Focus automobile, gets between 30 and 63 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving."

As near as I can tell, no Focus Hybrid yet, except as a concept car.

ETA4: Aha! Ford Focus in the UK comes in a Diesel version and it _can_ get in the 60s and up mpg what we would think of as highway miles (extra urban).

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