View Poll Results: Would you drive 55 to burn less fossil fuel

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Thread: 55 mph speed limit

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    I hated when the maximum speed limit was 55. I was so happy when that changed in the 1990's. On my last road trip I would often drive around 80 when the speed limit was 70 MPH. Driving 55 is just too slow on the open road. I don't care if I save a few miles a gallon or not.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

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    I rode the bike 1400 miles the last 5 days taking several of your passes and canyon roads, they were all beautiful!
    Excellent. Register me amongst the jealous!

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    So what I'm seeing here is the AGW crowd is all talk as I suspected. You guys are not even willing to slow down in your cars a little to reduce your carbon foot print. Once again hypocrisy on display from the warmers.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    BTW, badly worded poll and no response I could select from.
    Poll is very straight forward and ask the warmer crowd for an honest answer to a simple question.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I recently bought a new car that tells you how many mpg you are getting in real time and it was interesting to play around with different speeds to see what my mileage was. I always knew the faster you go the worse the mpg but seeing it as it happened was informative. My Subaru got 38 mpg at 55mph and dropped to around 31 mpg at 65 mph. When Carter made the speed limit 55 everyone had a fit until it was changed but in this age where so many are so convinced we are warming the planet with fossil fuel it makes me wonder how many of them would be willing to slow down in order to put less carbon into the air. It's put up or shut up time.

    Speed limit should be based on safety, not dubious concerns over carbon emissions. Also, it should primarily be a State matter.

    And no. 55mph is too darn slow.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Feck no. The earth could go feck itself. When I am driving across the state, I prefer to get there in under 4 hours.
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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Here are the stats for "deniers".


    Speed Kills MPG

    Unfortunately, it's true. Your car's gas mileage decreases once it gets past its optimal speed. For most cars, this is around 55-60 mph. This means that every time you go over this speed, you're essentially wasting gas and money - and creating unnecessary greenhouse gases.

    You'd be surprised to learn that a slight decrease in your highway driving speed can significantly reduce your gas consumption, while only adding a few minutes to your travel time.

    How much?

    According to studies backed by the department of energy, the average car will be at its advertised MPG at 55 mph. But as the speed increases:

    - 3% less efficient at 60 mph
    - 8% less efficient at 65 mph
    - 17% less efficient at 70 mph
    - 23% less efficient at 75 mph
    - 28% less efficient at 80 mph


    Mpg For Speed - Fuel Efficiency Vs. Speed

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Speed limit should be based on safety, not dubious concerns over carbon emissions. Also, it should primarily be a State matter.

    And no. 55mph is too darn slow.
    If you are not a warmer there is no hypocrisy in your opinion.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    If you are not a warmer there is no hypocrisy in your opinion.

    I am of the opinion that such climate change as may be occurring, is primarily part of a natural cycle; that any anthropogenic contributions are secondary, and that any climate change that may arguably be in progress does not constitute an emergency let alone global disaster.

    So that'd be a no, I'm not a warmer.

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    Re: 55 mph speed limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Speed limit should be based on safety, not dubious concerns over carbon emissions. Also, it should primarily be a State matter.

    And no. 55mph is too darn slow.
    My community switched to 75 mph on some long sections of freeways, and it's great. Have been waiting to see if there's an uptick in accidents, but so far, no.

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