by Ethan A. Huff, Natural News
We’ve all heard the negative references to “gas-guzzling SUVs” and Americans’ “reliance on foreign oil,” the inference being that folks living in the US drive too much, and drive vehicles that get horrible gas mileage. Besides the fact that Americans were essentially forced into the driving lifestyle by careless strip mall planning, would you believe that the federal government is also responsible for intentionally keeping truly fuel-efficient cars off the market?
It’s true. In Europe, virtually all the major automakers from Toyota and Nissan to Volkswagen and BMW manufacture regular cars that get anywhere from 50 to 300 miles per gallon (MPG), while even the latest and greatest American hybrids only top about 40 MPG. The reason? It’s difficult to say, but one couple that recently traveled to Europe and conducted their own investigation into the matter says a combination of greed and highly restrictive emissions policies is to blame.
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