“…in 2016, light trucks would have to meet a standard of 30 mpg, and the average for cars would be 39 mpg.” Check out the whole story HERE.
Now, I’m all for lowering gas-guzzling, but I wonder just what effect this will have on me and others like me – who need larger vehicles for hauling purposes? Why does a 60-something need a minivan? Because I take my service dog with me – everywhere – and I need to get her in and out without straining my back. Also, need to get groceries in and out without straining back – and hips and knees.
Developments on swine flu worldwide – Normal influenza kills several thousand people in the US annually. The DH wonders why we are making a big deal about H1N1 when only 76 people had died worldwide. Well, I understand, but it takes so many words to explain to a medically-naive person!! Here’s the skinny – this is supposed to be the end of the “flu season.” But H1N1 infections continue to rise (both nationally and internationally) instead of decline. Remember that the stats you see in the news are only the “confirmed” cases. Virus cultures are notoriously delicate and there is a good percentage of “false negatives” – tests that are actually positive but show up as negative. Not only that, but not everyone who has H1N1 even gets tested. So, the initial reports out of Mexico that hundreds had died from this flu – actually may be more accurate than the current 68 confirmed H1N1 cases resulting in death being reported. In addition, the behavior of H1N1 is eeriely similar to that of the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918. It started “off season” as a fairly mild disease, then when the next full flu season came along it took off and killed almost 25% of the people who contracted it. All this background is understood by medical people – that’s why we are concerned.
Just a taste of what we are talking about here in the Ancient Reptile’s Living Room