Tag: RFF

By on February 13, 2011

Yes, and yes, says a study of the Resources for the Future (RFF) institute. The Washington think tank’s study examined “the unexplored link between the prevalence of overweight and obesity and vehicle demand” for bigger and more gas guzzling cars.

RFF brands itself as a “nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research.” Their study found “that the prevalence of overweight and obesity has a sizable effect on the fuel economy of new vehicles demanded. A 10 percentage point increase in the rate of overweight and obesity among the population reduces the average miles per gallon (MPG) of new vehicles demanded by 2.5 percent, an effect that requires a 30 cent increase in gasoline prices to counteract.” Basically what they are saying: Fat people choose fat cars. More fat people, more fat cars.

Shame on you if your belly keeps you from reading the numbers on the bathroom scale, you are driving up the cost of our gas, fatso. If you would eat less, we would pay less. If the study is correct. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • mchan1: Why couldn’t Nissan start up its hybrid unit? Many auto makers are still making hybrids. Toyota is...
  • BoogerROTN: I once knew an E-5 who re-enlisted and used his bonus as a down payment on an ’87 Shelby Charger...
  • mchan1: Though it’s an entire subject for debate… mass transportation systems (aka mass transit systems)...
  • Syke: I had one, base four cylinder with the five speed. Definitely a bit heavy for autocross (which I did heavily in...
  • ClutchCarGo: Illinois does not have across the board vehicle inspections, only emissions checks in regions with air...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff