Michelle Malkin: CAFE kills

Mindlessly imposed fuel-efficiency standards aren’t just costly, they’re deadly.

While all eyes were on the Republican National Convention in Tampa and Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast, the White House was quietly jacking up the price of automobiles and putting future drivers at risk.

Yes, the same cast of fable-tellers who falsely accused Mitt Romney of murdering a steelworker’s cancer-stricken wife is now directly imposing a draconian environmental regulation that will cost untold American lives.

On Tuesday, the administration announced that it had finalized “historic” new fuel-efficiency standards. (Everything’s “historic” with these narcissists, isn’t it?) President Obama took a break from his historic fundraising drive to proclaim that “by the middle of the next decade, our cars will get nearly 55 miles per gallon, almost double what they get today. It’ll strengthen our nation’s energy security, it’s good for middle-class families, and it will help create an economy built to last.”

Jon Carson, director of Obama’s Office of Public Engagement, took to Twitter to hype how “auto companies support the higher fuel-efficiency standards” and how the rules crafted behind closed doors will “save consumers $8,000” per vehicle. His source for these claims? The New York Times, America’s Fishwrap of Record, which has acknowledged it allows the Obama campaign to have “veto power” over reporters’ quotes from campaign officials.

And whom did the Times cite for the claim that the rules will “save consumers $8,000”? Why, the administration, of course! “The administration estimated that the new standards would save Americans $1.7 trillion in fuel costs,” the Times dutifully regurgitated, “resulting in an average savings of more than $8,000 a vehicle by 2025.”

The Obama administration touts the support of the government-bailed-out auto industry for these reckless, expensive regs. What it wants us to forget is that the “negotiations” (read: bullying) with White House environmental radicals date back to the tenure of former Obama green czar Carol Browner — when she infamously told auto-industry execs “to put nothing in writing, ever,” regarding their secret Corporate Auto-Fuel Economy (CAFE) talks.

NRO

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8 responses to “Michelle Malkin: CAFE kills

  1. “resulting in an average savings of more than $8,000 a vehicle by 2025.”

    Is this before the vehicle wears out? The first rule of better gas mileage is light weight. Next small motor and skinny tires for less rolling resistance. Of course aerodynamics, Looking at my crystal ball I see used cars coming back in a big way.

  2. This is, of course, redistribution of wealth, as usual. If we’re smart enough, we might be able to adapt to it and achieve a zero net loss by reallocating the money saved on fuel to better driver training.

  3. It is not achievable. Gas powered Smartcars and Fiats don’t come close and neither does the plug-in hybrid Prius C. If it saves you $8,000 at the pump, it costs you $20,000 at the sticker. (The Volt – oddly enough the only hybrid produced by this government and claimed by this government to meet its standard is $40,000 and twice the price of it’s gasoline twin.)

    Then there is the intended removal of suburban and rural lifestyles. The only thing this benefits is bigger, more bureaucratic, more expensive, and more paralyzing government. And Government Motors.

  4. The increase in CAFE standards is simply about killing jobs and the auto industry. It is about forcing you to use non-existant and or inefficient public mass transportation. All that money you don’t spend on buying a car you can’t afford can be fed into the governments mass transit failures. Ask the Russians how well it worked for them.

  5. Coach Springer is right. Remember that the 55mpg figure is an average. There will still be need for larger vehicles (think construction, etc.) and those will get much lower mileage. So to get to a fleet average of 55mpg, the auto manufacturers will have to sell a lot of cars that get even better than 55mpg. Like 60-70, in order to offset the lower rates of the trucks and vans. Not only is that not possible now, there are no known technologies on the horizon that could produce these kinds numbers by the required date. The only thing I know that can get close to these mileage figures are small displacement motorcycles, and those are not practical year-round transportation for most people.

  6. Friend of John Galt

    Actually, 70 mpg has already been achieved back in the 1960s… by the Isetta. This micro-car, built in a variety of countries, would get from 50 to 70 mpg, depending on how you drove it. Of course, these are death traps and would not meet modern safety standards. Yeah, I actually owned 3 of ‘em while I was in high school (it took parts from all three to keep one running).

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