Keith Crain's slant on diesels for America (Jan. 27) is way off. His whole argument is based on the cost of fuel.
What about fuel conservation and total exhaust emissions? Why isn't he harping about the fuel industry that won't produce sulfur-free diesel fuel so that current diesel emissions systems will work?
Why shouldn't we have vehicles capable of 40 to 50 mpg?
Why should I be forced to buy - for good mileage - some hybrid mini that can't get out of its own way?
Besides, in the real world, I read, the Honda Civic averages only about 39 mpg. I do that consistently with my 1994 Ford Aspire. I am sure I don't want to be the one who has to foot the repair bill for one of those hybrids after warranty.
The price of diesel fuel is mostly on a par with regular fuel in small-town America. I guess if you never leave a big city, you may have trouble finding diesel fuel; but on the highways and byways it is most plentiful.
Is Crain waiting for the fuel cell revolution? It may happen 40 years from now, but in the meantime the diesel engine is the best technology available for saving fuel.