Regarding Keith Crain's Jan. 27 column: Diesels do make a lot of sense in America. Volkswagen sold every one it made available in 2002, and many dealers have said they could have sold twice as many if they had had them.
Diesel fuel is a little more expensive, but when you factor in the greater efficiency, durability and longevity of the diesel engine, the consumer is way ahead. And when the consumer is ahead, our country gets ahead, too. We have the opportunity to increase our fuel efficiency and decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
If American manufacturers can convince the American public that they need 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of rolling glass, iron and rubber (pick any mid- or full-sized SUV) for their basic transportation needs, they should be able to convince the American public to switch to something a bit more efficient.
It is their duty as Americans to get us out of this mess because they are the ones who got us into it.