Recently the Toronto municipality, in its great wisdom, come up with an idea of closing hookah bars. According to city council hookah bars are place where little kids are being addicted to smoking tobacco (like little Johnny and Jane have never done it in a high school). As every good citizen knows, tobacco is bad for health, therefore tobacco has to be ban from public use because public has to be treated like irresponsible children.
The obsession with fighting tobacco smoke can be compared only to obsession with avoidance of having toilet clogged with paper. Nearly every restaurants and rental place in Toronto has washroom ornamented with signs printed in approximate English saying something about not flushing toilet paper into the toilet. Usually toilet is the place where toilet paper ends up unless you are in Russian Olympic village, so any suggestion that toilet paper should be dumped into garbage bin makes me wonder how the Toronto Public Health’s food safety program “DineSafe” actually works.
The only reasonable explanation of this phenomenon is that Toronto sewage system is in poor condition because of massive amount of pot butts being flushed down. Stressed people of Toronto who were banned by the City Council form smoking regular tobacco products switched to smoking pot, and this must be true since 15 min walk at Dundas square gives a second-hand high, and design of roundabouts with stop signs certainly has something to do with presence of pot smoke in City Infrastructure Committee.
Daily life is full of similar obsessions usually created at different levels of the nanny state. Take the EPA for example. Its sky-high regulations led VW to rig the emission system so it kept low level of NOx only in test conditions. Thanks to this cheat their diesel cars had performance and fuel economy that justified the price tag. After problem is fixed VW diesel may not be as efficient or economical to attract customers. Apparently for EPA it is incomprehensible that no one buys diesel to save polar bears, and 40 mpg is the factor that really counts here.
So what if you really do want to get on bandwagon and buy a diesel? Would that really save you some bucks? Let’s do some math. Since VW and Audi removed all diesel offers form their website and buying a truck is out of question the only option we have is Chevy Cruze from the GM garage. Cheapest 2015 Cruze with gas motor is priced at about $17,000 and its fuel efficiency is rated at 6.8L/100km on a highway with automatic transmission. The diesel model is priced at $27,000 and it is rated at 5.1L/100km on highway. This brings $10,000 in the initial price difference and 1.7L/100km fuel consumption difference. Assuming fuel prices (Dec. 11th, 2015) $0.98/L diesel and $0.89/L gas, cost of driving 1 km is $0.04998 in diesel car and $0.06052 in gasoline car. You would certainly believe the savings in fuel costs will balance out higher price tag of diesel car, right? Let’s see the total accumulated cost of fuel in each car versus distance driven.
So yes, the diesel will rebound the $10,000 extra you paid for diesel car. You just have to drive it over 900,000 km! Considering you will never keep the car for so long time and you will sell it before it hits 300,000 km you will never recoup the extra cost of diesel motor.
Do yourself a favor and keep the ten grand in a pocket. You will afford life time supply of pot and some change for a plumber when your toiled gets clogged….