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-- a year ago we had -- oil prices and of course we pay four bucks a gallon for gas.
So why can't we get -- on the road that get fifty miles a gallon.
Nobody is interested not comic is not oil companies don't even drivers -- -- that Don hello Brian and the director.
Government transportation research are -- national laboratory that the Department of Energy lab it was also a lead researcher for -- have long time.
Don't welcome to the program.
You telling us that if we put out there a -- gets fifty miles to the gallon and -- -- an engineer people don't buy it right.
-- I don't know if I'd say that nobody would buy but.
People are people are pretty Smart and when they consider what the cost of their vehicles are but the payback is what the payback time is they they can do the math pretty accurately and -- can figure out.
Exactly how long it takes to pay up the investment in higher technologies which means that if you got gas back to four dollars a gallon.
Then a fifty mile per gallon vehicle would -- well we know that to six months ago when fuel was at that at that price level and that was a terrible situation because -- obviously it was money streaming out of the country.
But the -- was at that level.
There was a massive increase and in an investment in advanced technologies we saw ethanol plants springing up all over the country.
Biofuels research was advancing very rapidly and all of the auto makers were very enthusiastically adopting advanced.
Technologies to increase the fuel economy you think we might get a gas tax that deliberately jacks up the price of gasoline to make -- we buy those.
Good miles per gallon counts.
Well I I know that.
Six months ago a lot of us who are in the business of working and fuel efficiencies.
Believed in in some of the conference we talked about the fact that.
We've missed a really great opportunity here fuel was up at four dollars people could afford it.
But essentially it was too late we couldn't get that the fuel to the price.
Any further than that because it would it would have such an impact on the economy we all were hoping.
That the prices could come back down against the that we do the right thing -- -- just text searchers -- -- you know we really don't want to be packed into those nasty little compact cars that you can bring over from Europe and get fifty miles for the gallon we're Americans and we want those things.
I don't know do we not want them or do we just not have access to them all because we don't know that there are better options.
You know really everything with respect to fuel economy breaks guarantee safety.
Cost -- performance and when the cost go up high enough people are willing to make compromises on some of those other situations and it you can go to Europe and get.
Outstanding vehicles that have much better fuel economy it's just that there are certain compromises that we're not used to making in the US -- -- -- point Donahoe brown thank you very much for joining us we appreciate you being.
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