Category Archives: Transportation

Keep Kicking that Ethanol Can

By David L. Brown Yesterday I posted an analysis of the current forecasts for a poor corn crop due to heat and drought, and also mentioned that the obvious step to take is to suspend all ethanol production to free … Continue reading

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Already Doomed, New Dinosaur Goes to Sea

By David L. Brown If there is any segment of the wounded economic world that stands out as primed for failure, it may be the cruise ship industry. There are dozens of floating pleasure palaces plying the oceans these days, … Continue reading

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Why Americans Want Their Big Cars

By David L. Brown Earlier today I posted a piece about the new CAFE standards. Although I raised some questions about the scale of the promised benefits and analyzed some of the reasons why it will not result in a … Continue reading

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A New Era for Automobile Efficiency?

By David L. Brown The government today announced new fuel economy and pollution standards for automobiles and light trucks. This is excellent if somewhat tardy news, but should be viewed with some reservations. Let’s take a look. First, I note … Continue reading

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Riding the Petroleum See-Saw

By David L. Brown This is a followup to my recent essay “An Embarrassment of Oxymorons,” in which I made the point that going forward petroleum would either be priced higher, or would not be available at all. I explained … Continue reading

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Detroit’s Fantastic Freestyle Failure Event

By David L. Brown A few days ago I wrote an essay about the mess in Detroit. This cartoon says it pretty well in visual terms. Yeah, they’ve got a plan. Now. It’s a sad situation, but it underlines the … Continue reading

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Detroit’s Missed Opportunity—And a Plan

By David L. Brown The automobile industry is in full collapse mode, a situation that has been predicted for years. I am inclined to refer my readers to an essay I posted here more than two years ago, September 20, … Continue reading

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Beginning of the End for Age of Oil

By David L. Brown We have always contended that higher oil prices would translate into faster movement toward alternatives that use less gasoline or diesel fuel. The latest financial results at Union Pacific Railroad provide one piece of evidence that … Continue reading

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Too Little, Too Late for Auto Industry

By David L. Brown Here is an unusual opportunity to see a photograph that illustrates the maxim about “too little, too late.” It is a picture of the Chevrolet Volt all-electric car which is now under development and will be … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall of the General Motors Empire

By David L. Brown As I wrote just a few days ago (“Detroit — Death Throes of an Industry,” posted July 7), the entire American auto industry seems to be in a downward spiral from which there may be no … Continue reading

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