Bruce L. Rogers (11/6, Letters) cites gas lines in the ’70s as reason to blame oil and car companies for the “economic mess” we’re in. It’s untenable to blame oil companies simply because they sell a product people want to buy.
Rogers laments that U.S. car companies did not develop hybrids and presumably other fuel-efficient cars. A wee bit of research reveals that fuel-efficient cars have sold poorly in the U.S., while sales of trucks and SUVs soared.
Fickle Americans want efficient cars only during spikes in gas prices. As soon as the price retreats, they go back to buying huge cars. American car companies simply produce what sells.
Americans eat too much, spend too much and use too much gas, but have only themselves to blame.