New CAFE Mandates Harm Consumers

IER Director of Regulatory Affairs Daniel Simmons issued the following statement about today’s announcement by the Obama administration of a new corporate average fuel economy mandate (CAFE):

“This is an undemocratic, dangerous, and costly decision. The Obama administration’s heavy-handed regulation overrides American’s automobile preferences and imposes the choices of unelected bureaucrats on consumers.

Forcing ever-higher fuel economy mandates will lead to less safe cars and more automobile fatalities and injuries, according to leading safety experts. The problem with downsizing cars, according to the International Institute for Highway Safety, is that ‘smaller, lighter vehicles generally are less protective of their occupants in crashes.’

Because the fuel economy mandate drives up the price of cars and trucks, millions of hard-working Americans will be priced out of the market. Nearly 7 million Americans may not be able to afford a car or truck because of this ill-conceived decision.

The federal government has a responsibility to provide information about fuel economy, but not the responsibility to dramatically limit people’s automobile choices because of the administration’s anti-fossil fuel agenda.”

For more information on the effects of the CAFE mandate, click here.
To read the American Products and Power analysis of CAFE standards, click here.

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5 responses to “New CAFE Mandates Harm Consumers

  1. “Forcing ever-higher fuel economy mandates will lead to less safe cars and more automobile fatalities and injuries”

    Probably not because trucks and SUVs aren’t bound by the government’s fuel economy mandate.

  2. This is the administrations decision to reduce the amount of vehicles sold, to unemploy more workers, to force us all to mass transportation. This simply is another assault on our freedom by do gooder idiots.

  3. I can’t see many positives for consumers.
    For Gasoline engines:

    Vehicle motors are already fairly efficient for the type of variable speed motor in use. There are some expensive ways to make them a bit more efficient. 5 – 10% by making high compression engines with the more expensive parts that involves, and then requiring the more expensive high octane fuel. The costs probably outweigh the savings. To get 50mpg the solution is easy, you need a 50hp motor to pull the vehicle. To do this successfully you would need to make the cars extra light, like single person smart cars. These will be more dangerous to occupants, and less useful (how can I take my family camping in half a Smart Car) as stated.

    The loophole which will allow car companies to meet these standards is the electric vehicle. The EPA has somehow determined that power that comes from an electric plug is basically free. This is why we see that Leafs get 130mpg equiv, no matter that several folks have determined that the electric cars seem to have lower real efficiency than gas based on source to wheel calculations and are more realistically getting 20 – 30 mpg equiv.

    So this whole effort is designed to make us all drive Volts.

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