The cost of CAFE fuel standards
It isn’t easy being green. But what is easy—to see—is the Obama Administration attempting to
build the perfect beast create a more perfect centrally managed economy with the additional benefit of reduced personal freedom.
What’s the issue this time? Cars.
Automakers will be forced to double the fuel efficiency of their vehicles to a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
But you say, “Hey, that sounds good to me!”
Perhaps not when you consider the non-fuel cost(s).
First, vehicles will be lighter, smaller, and more technologically cosmic. All other things being equal, heaver and bigger vehicles will be safer, so expect other added costs (in the form of new safety equipment), not accounted for in these calculations and expect repairs to become more expensive.
Next, do you know how much gas will cost in 2025? The government is planning on $3.50 a gallon, but your results may vary.
Finally, there’s a coming tsunami of sticker shock:
…a study released by the National Auto Dealers Association back in April claimed car prices will go up by about $5,000, based on today’s prices.
That, according to NADA, would eliminate as many as 7 million Americans — including many lower income consumers and young people — from the auto buyer’s market because they won’t qualify for loans.
So while Barry’s in the basement mixing up the medicine, I’m on the pavement thinking about the government: liberals love “public transportation.” Their problem is that public transportation works poorly for most people; that’s why it isn’t popular.
And beyond that, cars are popular. Cars are a huge part of our culture. Cars provide freedom. But if the government can increase the cost of such freedom, the masses—then forced into public transportation—will sure be a lot easier to manage.
Plus, increasing automotive expenses is just a back-door tax. Don’t have the nerve to call for a carbon tax? Just make the cost of driving so high through regulatory methods that people will be forced into public transportation.
Remember the liberal mantra: it’s for the children; the experts know best; this is for your own good.