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The freedom of origin, destination and schedule that you stress come from private ownership of the vehicles, which is the primary source of energy inefficiency when measured not in distance/energy but in payload*distance/energy (e.g., miles-person per gallon instead of miles per gallon).

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 6th, 2006 at 10:40:57 AM EST
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