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U.S. Postal Service Management = Morons



May 21, 2008 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: F

BREAKING NEWS FLASH!:  Ethanol and E85 fueled vehicles get worse gas mileage than those that use regular gas or diesel.  I thought that everyone on Earth knows this, but apparently the U.S. Postal Service didn't.  I literally laughed out loud when I heard this story on Bloomberg radio this morning. 

From 1999 through 2005 the USPS bought over 30,000 ethanol-capable trucks and minivans, mostly specially modified Ford Explorers, giving it the largest fleet of ethanol vehicles in the U.S.  Now nearly a decade later it is just starting to figure out that the gas mileage of these things suck and that there aren't even that many gas stations in the U.S. that carry ethanol.  No Ship Sherlock.  I could have saved them millions of dollars by charged them a small consulting fee of a couple hundred grand and telling them this ten years ago.  No wonder the price of stamps keeps going up.  Sheesh.

Ethanol Vehicles for Post Office Burn More Gas, Get Fewer Miles


3 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On May 21, 2008 at 1:31 PM, abitare (30.31) wrote:

A self licking ice cream cone. The government is....

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#2) On May 21, 2008 at 4:07 PM, kristm (99.74) wrote:

So what percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles have been purchased by the government? Twenty? Thirty? It's definitely a case of creating artificial demand for a product that would otherwise not exist.

The biggest economic problem right now is inflation, the primary cause of that being increased prices for fuel and food. Fuel costs more because of OPEC articicially restricting supplies and because of costs associated with every state having a different standard for what can and cannot be contained in gasoline. The two best ways to combat rising fuel prices are to increase domestic oil production (Alaska being the best source) and setting some federal laws in place that supercede individual state laws and set a national standard for gasoline.

The increased fuel prices make shipping more expensive, which adds to the cost of everything - from mail to bananas. Those cost increases make food more expensive, along with the rising price of corn due to artificial government subsidiaries for ethanol production.

You can blame congress and the president for all this,mostly. Congressional refusals to allow Alaskan drilling, Bush for pushing ethanol production to placate media demand, and both for not persuing a nationally standard fuel system. But imagine how it would be if Algore was president the last eight years...

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#3) On May 21, 2008 at 9:19 PM, Tastylunch (28.67) wrote:

oh for pete's sake

why oh why are the stupid running America?


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