Making up for lost ground
May 19, 2009 1 Comment
Don’t get me wrong, I am supportive of raising the mpg standards in this country. It’s something we should have done a long time ago.
Who knows, American cars might have even been competitive if we had.
But no matter, President Obama is on it and like everything else his administration has had to do, boy howdy is he making up for lost time by going big.
WASHINGTON – New cars and trucks will have to get 30 percent better mileage starting in 2016 under an Obama administration move to curb emissions tied to smog and global warming, sources said Monday…
While the 30 percent increase would be an average for both cars and light trucks, the percentage increase in cars would be much greater, according to the New York Times, rising from the current 27.5 mpg standard to 42 mpg starting in 2016. The average for light trucks would rise from 24 mpg to 26.2 mpg.
Wow. Like I said, I am all for increasing the standards, but that’s a HUGE jump is a relatively short time.
Good thing the entire American auto industry is in the shitter and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up because this is a serious redesign.
Unless it’s not and they’ve been able to do this all along. Then fuck them, jack it up to 60.
According to the NYT, however, the industry is not expected to complain:
The auto industry is not expected to challenge the rule, which provides two things they have long asked for: certainty on a timetable and a single national standard.
According to the Times, the president has been on this for some time and (at least as a candidate) he seemed to think that the lack of fuel efficiency contributed to the fall of the American auto industry:
In 2006, during his second year as a United States senator, he co-sponsored a bill to raise fuel economy standards and another to encourage the use of alternative fuels.
During the presidential campaign, he gave a speech in Detroit chastising the American automobile industry for doing too little to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and to improve the vehicles’ fuel efficiency.
“The auto industry’s refusal to act for so long has left it mired in a predicament for which there is no easy way out,” Mr. Obama said.
That inaction was one factor that brought General Motors and Chrysler to their current dire state, requiring billions in federal bailouts and Chrysler’s forced marriage to Fiat to survive.
I know I for one bought a Kia because a) American cars are more expensive and b) just don’t get the gas mileage.
Like many Americans, I’d love to support the US auto industry. As soon as they start making a product worth buying. This, though painful, should get them closer to that.