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  • On 14 Aug 2014 in The New Thirty Years War, SiO2 said:

    New Renter says

    Anyway this 2012 article does attempt to deconvolute the tangle of "hidden" costs of foreign oil:


    The estimate is between $0.02-$0.20/gallon based on 2004 levels of motor fuel consumption.

    This is an interesting article, and I am glad to see someone try to make the analysis. Thanks for sharing the link.
    However I think he way undercalls it.
    First, he says that the DOD spends $300b per year in peacetime. The 2014-15 Dod budget is $756b. Subtract out $85b for winding down Afghanistan, and it is $671b. Double his estimate. (http://useconomy.about.com/od/usfederalbudget/p/military_budget.htm)

    Second, the Iraq war itself cost $100b-$300b per year, depending on if we include the interest incurred, the long term veteran costs, and other recurring expenses.

    We use about 135b gallons of gas per year, and 35b gallons of diesel. (http://www.americanfuels.net/2014/04/us-on-highway-diesel-fuel-consumption.html). Total 170b.

    So Iraq alone is about $1/gallon, not to mention other costs. Even if we think that Iraq was only 50% about oil, that's still 50 cents per gallon, plus the 20 cents or so that exist from the costs cited in the article.

  • On 12 Aug 2014 in Libertarian Fantasies, SiO2 said:

    Vicente says

    Automan Empire says

    They could NEVER give a straight answer regarding how their system would account for avarice and greed in human behavior.

    This is the key problem.

    The key assumption in Randism and Libertarianism, is that all humans will behave rationally and for the common good because.... well they throw a lot of reasons out, but none of them hold up under scrutiny.

    What I find interesting is that Marxism has the same flaw. People should still work hard and not be lazy, even if they aren't the direct beneficiary. Sure, some people would do that, and some people would spend money to reduce pollution. But. Not enough.

  • On 24 Jul 2014 in Research: Car owners benefit from start-stop technology, SiO2 said:

    Peter P says

    Possibly a direct result of overzealous fuel efficiency laws.

    EPA mpg ratings don't give credit for stop/start technology today. So this technology is not a result of fuel efficiency laws.

    It probably makes more sense in a hybrid, where the car can move under electric power to some degree. So the ICE isn't always running. With an ICE car which must be on for any movement, I'm not sure.

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