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Bingo. Which is why I take the expert's opinions with a large grain of salt: Many of them can't see the forest for the trees. Economists, for instance, tend to be woefully uninformed about the facts of petroleum geology.
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As fickle as oil prices have been and will be, there is no doubt that we are faced with the depletion of fossil fuels, a finite resource. As sure as global climate change is a fact, peak oil is surer. As to when, that's the big question. One year, three years, ten years. SUVs and Muscle cars (classic and retro) and perhaps the ICE altogether, will be relics well before their perceived lifetimes.

Read the Hirsch Report in my signature and also read this:

http://www.commondreams.org/views07/0307-33.htm (enlightening, but to me--unlike Hirsch--more doomsdayish assessment and without hope).
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Just to return to the topic - Here's a clear explanation of why the new EPA ratings actually increase the Prius' fuel efficiency relative to most other cars.

http://www.theoildrum.com/node/2486#more
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