There is no evidence that they did, but abundant evidence that they didn’t. One example of this is found in how business in the US handle the inevitability of future rising costs of energy, and along with this collection of individual behaviors, the way the free market, the most intelligent and powerful of human activities, optimizes our economy.
It is interesting to see how often proof of the non-existence of anything like a Free Market (anywhere) and proof that humans should stop taking credit for being an “Intelligent Large Brained Hominid” come together. Over the last few weeks, we see a similar story mentioned on the news every now and then: Some company or another is having a hard time because they deliver something (flowers, pizza, etc) and with the cost of fuel going up they are now in trouble. Then you see this guy complaining about the cost of gas and behind him is a fleet of five year old trucks. None of them are flex fuel. None of them are hybrids. None of them are small. They all identical, as in, the assumption is that all activities all trucks do all the time are the same, so having a few smaller vehicles would never work.
Obviously, a fleet of large identical gas-powered boxes was not purchased with any consideration of energy efficiency whatsoever. Not only that, but most companies seem to be about the same. It isn’t even like the 50 percent or so of companies that deliver stuff in the US and bought efficient vehicles are going to survive and the other half, the morons who bought fuel hogs, will go out of business. No. Everybody did the same exact stupid thing, and they will all pass their costs on to the rest of us and annoy us by whining.
OK, I know that I’m exaggerating slightly, but only slightly. Locally, the Geek Squad drives tiny cars (though not hybrids). There is a beer delivery truck of sorts, in Saint Paul that is run entirely by pedal power. If you want beer, you get on the truck and start pedaling. I’m sure, or at least, I hope, there are other examples. Know of any?