[QUOTE=rbrown;1446402]I am for higher mileage. I am not sure why we do not already have such. Shoot Ford makes a 65mpg Fiesta in Europe. I would buy one.
Europe uses a different system for calculating the gas mileage of the cars, as well as a different definition of a gallon, so their fuel economy ratings are going to be about 20% higher than ours for the exact same car. The Fiesta there is pretty much the same car as we have here. The 65mpg, which equates to about 54mpg here, comes from a 1.25L engine, which makes a whopping 60hp. That might be fine for putting around european cities, but on american highways, 60hp just isn't going to cut it.
Passing a law doesn't make the impossible possible, and it doesn't make expensive new technology affordable. If you want 54mpg out of the average car, you are going to have to make some sacrifices somewhere. Either it will be much smaller, or much less powerful, or much more expensive, or more realistically, all 3 of those things, and all of those things are going to discourage prospective buyers in the american market, which is going to cost the car companies more money, which will likely send the companies begging for more bailout money from the government, which means this law ultimately costs each and every tax payer more money for something that they don't necessarily want. If you want more fuel efficient vehicles to be sold, the only effective way to do it is to change the demand side of the equation. Not that I am for this either, but a better way to do this would be to raise the gas tax by $1/gal and watch how many people suddenly WANT to buy the more fuel efficient vehicle. Ultimately, that would probably cost most people less money and have less of a negative effect on the economy, but that is a transparent tax, and so it is unpopular and no politician will do it. If they can hide the tax through increased prices, they can look like a hero campaigning for the environment instead of people seeing the truth that they don't care about anything but their own re-election and lining their own pockets.
Personally, the CAFE laws will help me because with new cars becoming more expensive, people will want to keep their older cars longer, which means more work for the auto mechanics. Also with more fuel efficient vehicles on the road, the demand for gas will go down, which means more cheap fuel available for me and my gas guzzling V8s. Unfortunately, this law will hurt almost everyone else in the country. Increased prices will hurt anyone looking to buy a new car. That will drive the price of used cars up as well, which will hurt anyone looking to buy a used car. The demand for new cars will drop, which will hurt anyone who works in the auto manufacturing or sales business. The revenue brought in from gas taxes will drop, which will hurt the maintenance on the roads, which will hurt everyone driving on the roads. No matter how you cut it, this is a bad idea that is hurtful to the american public, and it has been since the 70s when they came out with it. What this shows is that the current administration has absolutely no understanding of basic economics, and unfortunately that lack of understanding on his part will ultimately cost money out of the pockets of the average middle-class people.
OK, rant over.
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