CNN Money: Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024
August 29th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

CNN Money: Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024

CNN Money has a great write-up of new fuel economy standards announced Tuesday by the Obama administration:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon.

The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports from OPEC by about half.

The standard takes effect in 2024 when 2025 model-year cars begin to hit dealer lots.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Jim

    Wow. Only 12 more years and the rest of the industry will finally get the same mileage as my 4 year old Prius. My 12 year old Toyota Echo gets over 40 mpg and "Detroit" still hasn't managed to get to that level, except for a couple of Ford's efforts.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  2. demwit

    Fuel economy standards!? But.., where is the rebuttal to the GOP convention??

    -Christie icalling for a “new era of truth-telling” as the only way to revive a country “paralyzed” by feckless leadership.
    -Ann Romney giving a personal touch to Romney and contrasting his accomplishments to Obama failures..
    -Mia Love calling herself the embodiment of the American dream, self-reliance, small government and fiscal responsibility. "It's not rocket science, All I had to do was step out of the way and allowed the economy to thrive ... allowed businesses to come and add resources. Unlike Obama who is running a divisive campaign."

    We can not let this go unchallenged! What is taking soooo long???

    August 29, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      ARE YOU SERIOUSLY ASKING US TO TAKE THE RNC SERIOUSLY? TAKE THAT CIRCLE JERK SERIOUSLY?

      THAT'S THE FUNNIEST THING I READ ALL DAY!

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 29, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        ACTUALLY, IT WAS A CIRCLE JERK EXCLUDING MITT ROMNEY. DID ANYONE ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT HIM? I MEAN OUTSIDE OF TALKING ABOUT THEMSELVES MORE OFTEN? THE POOR GUY GETS NO LOVE ANYWHERE.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • Howard

        DEcember 2012 ... spoken like a typical, foul mouthed, obama stooge ... who thinks that talking A LOT, means you're saying something worthwhile ... when all you do, is spew endless amounts of B.S. !!!

        August 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        TALKING A LOT WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING WORTHWHILE? THAT'S THE RNC IN A NUTSHELL!

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
      • Howard

        NAVEY SEALS REVEAL THE TRUTH !!!

        ... ADD OBAMA'S FAKED REPORT OF BIN LADIN'S DEATH
        TO THE PACK OF LIES OBAMA HAS TOLD AMERICA ...
        IN HIS DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO HOLD ONTO POWER.

        SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBMA ... ELECT ROMNEY & RYAN IN NOVEMBER !!!

        August 29, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • John

        Keep it up throbbing member 2012 – you are gaining votes for the GOP.
        BTW, have you even noticed how your lib friends never come to your defense on here? I wonder why?? LOL – you libs continue to crack me up.
        Given the level of your writing it reminds me of the level of writing we have seen from Obama (in two of his books).
        Nobody questions Romney being a good man. It stands to reason that people like you, who support the likes of the nuts from occupy, wouldn't understand a person like him who is responsible, giving and a person who gets things done. He is totally anti lib i.e. not responsible, not giving and can't do anything...

        August 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        LIB FRIENDS? ARE YOU SERIOUSLY RETARDED? WHY WOULD I NEED ANYONE TO COME TO MY DEFENSE? YOU CAN BARELY KEEP UP! ALL YOU HAVE DONE IS ATTACK ME AND NOT THE MESSAGE. YOU KNOW I'M SPEAKING THE TRUTH. I JUST HURTS FOR REPUBLITARDS TO KEEP HEARING IT. BY ALL MEANS, ATTACK ME. I RELISH IT!

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        Personally, I've always thought you were a plant from the GOP designed to make the libs look dumb.

        If you're not, act like an adult. Turn off your caps lock and quit finishing everything with hahaha....let the people reading decide if it was funny.

        Try and make a decent point. That means with words, not punctuation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        August 29, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        ACT LIKE AN ADULT? HOW ABOUT YOU MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, MR MODERATE? ARE YOU A MODERATOR IN CHIEF? GRAMMAR POLICE? YOU POST YOUR WAY, I POST MINE. NO NEED TO GET SO HUFFY ABOUT CAPS LOCKS AND PUNCTUATION. I GET ENOUGH OF THAT FROM THE REPUBLITARDS.

        IT IS LAUGHABLY LATE FOR ANY CIVIL DISCOURSE HERE. I AM JUST FANNING THE FLAMES. IF YOU THINK I'M A GOP PLANT THEN YOU HAVEN'T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        I never said your posts were pro-GOP, I said that if they were going to put a plant on CNN that would make the left look dumb, they'd probably have them do many of the things you are doing.

        Fanning the flames presupposes that you at least have some intellectual spark to get things going. In lieu of that, yes, by all means, continue with the all caps and hahahaha signature.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        WOULD THE DNC BE HAPPY TO HAVE ME? FIRST OF ALL, MY VIEW OF DEMOCRATS OR ANY REAL AMERICAN FOR THAT MATTER, IS THAT THEY WOULD RESPECT MY COMMENTS FOR SIMPLY WHAT THEY ARE, COMMENTS. THERE IS NO AGENDA HERE AND NO POLITICAL PARTY SHOULD CARE TOO MUCH. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN ISSUES THEY SHOULD WORRY ABOUT. I HAVE NEVER EVEN STATED A PARTY AFFILIATION BUT BY ALL MEANS, TRY TO PEG ME AS SOMETHING YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH. YOU SEEM TO HAVE MADE UP YOUR MIND.

        IT IS PRETTY OBVIOUS NOW, I HAVE MY WAY OF DEALING WITH THIS AND YOU HAVE YOURS. TRY NOT TO GET SO BUTTHURT OVER IT.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        Of course you have the right to free speech. Optionally, you also have the choice to make your speech intelligent.

        My point was merely that if you were trying to make a point, you're failing. You're just making noise.

        August 30, 2012 at 7:55 am |
      • Jay in NC

        CNN you are going to let DEcember 2012 post about 'circle' stay? Certainly this violates your TSO on vulgarity or profanity.

        August 30, 2012 at 2:19 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        JUST_A_MODERATE, I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT IT IS YOU WANT ME TO MAKE SENSE OF. BE MORE SPECIFIC. ALSO, I THINK YOU ARE CONFUSING INTELLIGENCE FOR SOMETHING ELSE. TELL ME WHAT IT IS I HAVE SAID THAT IS UNINTELLIGENT IN ANY WAY, OR PERHAPS YOU ARE CONFUSING ME FOR BB.

        August 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama has always been a coward. After registering minorities to vote in Illinois, he ran for senate, only to cancel out their votes, by disqualifying his opponent (a black woman) on a technicality. Obama attended Wrght's church for TWENTY YEARS, to create a political base in the Black community ... only to throw Wright under the bus, when it benefited him, for political expediency. Obama ruthlessly used baseless character assassination to destroy the reputations of all who stood in the way of his self-serving ambitions. Obama is a lying snake oil salesman, who will say, or do anything to hold onto power. America is much more important than Obama ... Obama is replaceable ... America is not ... Save America, replace Obama with Romney & Ryan in November.

      August 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
      • ROADHOG

        Right on Howard!!!

        August 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  3. DEcember 2012

    FUEL EFFICIENCY? I WOULD RATHER DROWN IN OIL THAN LET THE GOVERNMENT SAVE ME GAS! – REPUBLITARDS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    August 29, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Howard

      DEcember 2012 ... Having you drown would be a huge favor to everybody who has to read your vile, long winded, predictable, empty, insulting comments every day !!! So, yes ... do us all a favor ... and drown !!!

      August 29, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
      • John

        Howard, once you understand he is only 5 years old his posts look more impressive...

        August 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      AWWW, THE TRUTH HURTS DOESN'T IT? SO MUCH THAT YOU WANT ME TO DIE.

      WELL, PREPARE TO GET HURT SO MORE.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
      • Howard

        WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY

        Definition of the word: obnoxious
        OBNOXIOUS = DEcember 2012

        Definiation of the phrase: lying snake oil salesman (who will say, or do anything to hold onto power)
        LYING SNAKE OIL SALESMAN = BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

        August 29, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        SO IN THIS 'DICTIONARY' OF YOURS DOES IT SAY HOWARD IS A SYNONYM FOR A REPUBLITARD TOOL? THAT'S WHAT MINE SAYS.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        Yes, Howard is a partisan moron too. That's your bar? If Howard does it, you're going to as well?

        Here, let's presuppose that you are a liberal. Do you think that acting like a complete fool helps your cause? You're no different than the rabid religious bigots on the right...you harm the cause you supposedly support.

        Let's use a real simple test: would the DNC be happy to have you or would they really wish your internet would go out until after the election?

        August 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        IS CALLING A MORON A MORON SO 90's? AM I OUT OF STYLE? SORRY, I'M NOT ONE FOR PC. I PREFER TO CALL IT LIKE IT IS. IT FEELS LIKE I'M FAILING SOME KIND OF EXPECTATION FROM YOU. WELL THAT'S JUST TOO BAD.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • John

      Throbbing member 2012 – several of your posts refer to saying something nice about Obama and repubs talk about doom and gloom etc. What is this crap?
      Because your lover hasn't done a good job you have nothing to say about him? You are by far the biggest blind follower who posts on here – and that is saying something. I assume you live off of the governmnet so you feel you need to be this way, but it is time for you to get out of your mother's basement and grow up. But, on the other hand, you are so helpful to the GOP I am sure they want you to keep doing what you are doing. For me, you are a good laugh, you know, a joke...

      August 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  4. RealityBites

    Small, fuel efficient and very dangerous on the highway. Obama's ideal transportation for Julia and you...

    August 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      DANGEROUS? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DROVE ANYWHERE? PEOPLE DRIVE THESE CARS ALL THE TIME!

      WELL IF YOU REPUBLITARDS HAD YOUR WAY, ANY ROAD OR BRIDGE WILL BE DANGEROUS FOR ANYONE BECAUSE YOU WILL ALLOW IT TO CRUMBLE TO DISREPAIR.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU ARE SERIOUSLY DELUDED. ARE YOU ONE OF THE ROMNEY KIDS?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Howard

        AMERICA'S CHOICE:

        OBAMA ... WHO PUT US 16 TRILLION IN DEBT & 8.3% UNEMPLOYMENT

        ROMNEY ... Bain Capital, starting with one small office supply store in
        Massachusetts, turned it into Staples; now over 2,000 stores
        employing 90,000 people.

        Bain Capital also worked to perform the same kinds of business
        miracles again and again, with companies like Domino's, Sealy,
        Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group,
        Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others.

        August 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        BAIN CAPITAL? HOW COME NOBODY TALKS ABOUT BAIN IN THE RNC? DID THEY EVEN TALK ABOUT MITT ROMNEY? THEY TALKED MORE ABOUT OBAMA! SANTORUM TALKED ABOUT HIS 'HANDS' FETISH.

        OH AND ROMNEY SHOULD TELL STAPLES, YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT. I DID.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Howard

      What's even more DANGEROUS is the fact that obama is a self-serving, lying, corrupt, snake oil salesman, whose failed policies are bankrupting America, and running this great country into the ground !!!
      Save America ... Dump Obama ... and, Elect Romney & Ryan in November !!!

      August 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU ARE SERIOUSLY DELUDED. ARE YOU ONE OF THE ROMNEY KIDS?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • ROADHOG

        RIGHT ON HOWARD!

        August 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Nothing like promoting fuel standards with a picture of Obama getting into a gas guzzling sports car.
    My 9 yr old could do better than this.., where does CNN get its WH producers? Soros' sponsorships??

    August 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • just_a_moderate

      That or maybe you're biased and missing the point that we can have high performance and fuel efficiency.

      If 10mpg helps you compensate for a tiny pecker, by all means, gas it up. I just think we should make license registration fees be based on fuel efficiency of the model in question...you know, to help you compensate.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Humm,
    54.5 MPG? Maybe they will re-invent the Whizzer Bicycle. You expect the Liberal's to tell the truth? The nearly 16 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt is an admission of Liberal Democrat Failure. Sucess by all those Liberal Programs would mean no Federal Debt. Some of you need to pull your heads out of the sand and take inventory. Or you can continue lying to yourselves.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE REPUBLITARD WHO ONLY SEEKS TO TURN THE COUNTRY BACKWARDS TO OLD HARMFUL POLICIES FOR THEIR OWN GAIN. TRY LOOKING MORE TOWARDS THE FUTURE LIKE MOST HUMAN BEINGS DO.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        What future are you refering t?. Former Democrat Congressman Artur Davis spoke last noght at the Republician Convention. He says he got it wrong 4 years ago when he Seconded the Nomination of Barrack Obama. He said some 6 Million people got it WRONG ! Hey, i wish you all the luck in the world. Just be sure what world you want to live in.

        August 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        WHY WOULD ANYONE IN THE RNC SAY ANYTHING NICE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT? WERE YOU EXPECTING THOSE BLOWHARDS TO GO SANE ALL OF A SUDDEN? HILARIOUS.

        THE FUTURE EXISTS OUTSIDE OF YOUR LITTLE BUBBLE OF HATE FOR THE PRESIDENT. TRY TO LOOK OUTSIDE ONCE IN A WHILE.

        August 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • just_a_moderate

      Wait a minute...are you lunatics now trying to assert that Obama ran up 16T in debt?

      It's bad enough that you don't realize that our highest deficit ever was FY2009 (fyi, FY starts in October), but now you are asserting that Obama ran up all the debt? That's laughable.

      I'm sorry, but the Dems, at least in terms of the presidency, have been far more fiscally responsible than the GOP. Reagan nearly tripled the deficit. W doulbed it. Clinton...up 30%. Obama...even if you dishonestly try and sack him with FY2009–the wars, unemployment having gone up 55% in the year prior, and pretend that he approved TARP-he's still done half the damage W did.

      You can't be a fiscal conservative and Republican. You guys are under this misguided belief that you can sell at a loss and make it up on volume.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  7. demwit

    Is that a FORD Mustang!? Welllllll, that's not helping our Government Motors investment now is it..

    August 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • RealityBites

      Thats not just any FORD Mustand. its a Shelby GT 500

      Track-tested at more than 200 mph
      5.8L 4V supercharged aluminum-block V8 engine delivers 650-hp,* 600 lb.ft of torque
      Tremec® 6-speed manual transmission
      Over-the-top Le Mans racing stripes with GT500 side stripes
      Leather-trimmed sport bucket seats with racing stripes
      15 city / 26 hwy

      What a wonderful picture of Obama's new fuel standard efficency.., NOT!!

      August 29, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • RealityBites

        Just look at the expression of joy on Obama's face.
        Something he doesn't want you and me to experience because, obviously, this car will not exist in 2025..

        August 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THANK YOU NOSTRADAMUS. IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE APOCALYPSE YOU'VE BEEN PREDICTING?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Steveo

      Ford took NO government money and is going STRONG! Why? MARKET demands! !

      August 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  8. DEcember 2012

    TYPICAL REPUBLITARD DOOM AND GLOOM. IF IT WERE UP TO YOU MORONS, THE COUNTRY WILL BE STUCK IN REVERSE AND WASTING AS MUCH GASOLINE AND OIL IN THE PROCESS. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THAT REPUBLICAN MANTRA OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? I GUESS IT DOESN'T APPLY TO THE OIL INDUSTRY.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  9. november2012

    GM just killed the volt.... that should tell you all something. By 2024 America will be out of the auto business due to regulation, taxation, and labor costs. As it is GM has 63% of their employees out of the country. The marxists will have you all riding bikes and busses...that is the goal....for the good of all. Collectivism.

    Great to see some real power and talent in the GOP...it is about time. The truth and honest hard work rules.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
    • Steveo

      So it ends up that even a $10,000 government carrot wasn't enough? You mean to tell me THE MARKET DECIDED? Hush your mouth, November!!

      August 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • just_a_moderate

        More accurately, they just broke a sales record in August. The plant in Detroit is going to be making the Impala.

        August 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • just_a_moderate

      Weird....all they announced was that the sales broke their record from earlier this year and that they were going to use teh Detroit facility for the Impala.

      Hear anything else on Rush today that we should discuss?

      August 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! KEEP ON DELUDING YOURSELVES REPUBLITARDS.

      OBAMA SAVED THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY FROM THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE AND PREVENTED A BIGGER ECONOMIC DISASTER, YOU CANNOT DISPUTE THAT FACT. IF IT WERE UP TO ROMNEY, EVERYONE WILL GO BANKRUPT EXCEPT HIM BECAUSE HE'S GOT MONEY ELSEWHERE. HOW PATRIOTIC. WHAT A SCUMBAG.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! KEEP ON DELUDING YOURSELVES REPUBLITARDS.

      OBAMA SAVED THE AMERICAN AUTO INDUSTRY FROM THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE AND PREVENTED A BIGGER ECONOMIC DISASTER, YOU CANNOT DISPUTE THAT FACT.

      IF IT WERE UP TO ROMNEY, EVERYONE WILL GO BANKRUPT EXCEPT HIM BECAUSE HE'S GOT MONEY ELSEWHERE. HOW PATRIOTIC. WHAT A DOU-CHE-BAG.

      August 29, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
      • Obama's America 2016

        You're nothing more than a parasite and I'm being nice.

        August 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
      • november2012

        63% of GMs workers are overseas...moron. obama paid off the unions, nothing more...and their financial support is his ONLY real chance of reelection...sad but true. So obama didn't save anything, he just bought votes, his MO his entire career since the harvard law review lobbying for that post.

        August 29, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        THE GOVERNOR OF OHIO SAYS YOU ARE FLAT OUT WRONG AND HE'S A REPUBLICAN. YOU HOWEVER, ARE A REPUBLITARD AND HAVE NO SENSE OF REALITY.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • november2012

      oh come on...they have produced 18k volts and GE is buying them for their fleet purchases, said they would buy 12k through 2015. The govt is also buying them. This is the second production shut down this year of the volt...some say the feds have subsidized this lemon to the tune of $250k per car produced... another obama mess for sure.

      August 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        WHY ARE YOU SO AGAINST AMERICANS AND AMERICAN INNOVATION? ARE YOU A COMMIE?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  10. Obama's America 2016

    The referendum continues..............................

    August 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  11. Obama's America 2016

    Hussein Obama is finished. Stick a fork in him already.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  12. Obama's America 2016

    I used to always buy GM but never will again.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  13. Obama's America 2016

    DEcember 2012 = PARASITE

    August 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    That's the most ridiculous joke of all.

    August 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  15. Steve

    12 years from now? I'm sure that will happen. Its called kicking the can.

    August 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • just_a_moderate

      Remember the coal restrictions that you guys are so upset that "Obama passed?" Those were passed by H.W.

      EPA restrictions and fuel economy guidelines are announced 10-20 years in advance. That's not kicking the can. That's the smart way to do it. If we said that we were going for 100mpg and it was effective September 1, 2012, that obviously wouldn't work all that well.

      August 30, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  16. reality

    Two points: just_a_moderate = just_a_believe_everything_you_hear_on_MSNBC. You seriously suppose you're a moderate? Your partisan viewpoints expose you... you need to cover up with something.

    Second... do any of you honestly understand that these MPG numbers are limited mostly by the size and weight of a vehicle? Sure you can get 55+ MPG, but you're going to need a very small, very light car to do it. There's a reason why the Prius is so small. There is a finite amount of energy per gallon of "gasoline" (more and more low-energy ethanol these days), and the laws of thermodynamics dictate that you cannot use 100% (or even close to 100%) of that energy in locomotion. Arbitrarily saying that MPGs should double is just stupid.

    Bonus point: If fuel efficient cars save consumers money, and if they're decent cars, then the consumer will DEMAND such cars, and the manufacturers will provide the product. The reason why manufacturers must be FORCED to create these less-safe vehicles is because the segment of the population that wants this is minuscule, and because any cost savings are more than negated by the increase in sticker price. Most people will not operate their cars for the 20+ years (assuming NO maintenance) it takes to recoup the cost.

    Just some reality for you partisan hacks...

    September 2, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • just_a_moderate

      @reality Sorry man, just because I don't rant about abortion and gay marriage doesn't make me a liberal. MSNBC, like FOX, isn't news, it's just an entire channel of OpEd...and I watch both for entertainment, but only a fool would think they're getting news from either.

      Sorry, fuel efficiency doesn't mean you are less safe or driving a tiny car with burlap for seats. My neighborhood is loaded with plenty of Lexus SUV's...the hybrids.

      I do agree with you that corn ethanol has absolutely zero role in fuel. That wasn't about transportation, that was about agriculture. Cane and sweet sorghum are renewable sources of ethanol...corn...I have no idea how that ever made sense.

      Furthermore, let's assume you support Romney. Can you please paint a picture of how you intend to get to energy independence if you do nothing to the consumption side of the equation?

      September 4, 2012 at 9:39 am |
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