If diesels do not make sense in the United States, why is there a waiting list for a diesel VW Jetta? Keith Crain's Jan. 27 analysis is very unsound.
He says diesel fuel is more expensive so the diesels will not sell. Diesel fuel is within a dime or two of the price of gasoline; that is, if you get the cheap gasoline that is not recommended for some autos.
If you consider that a diesel car gets about 50 mpg while its gasoline counterpart gets only 30 mpg, you save about 200 gallons of fuel if you drive 15,000 miles per year.
Oil is a finite resource. Thus, utilizing more diesel engines will be a good short-term, stopgap measure to extend the oil reserves of the world while searching for a viable alternative to oil.