Speaking of misinformation, has anyone here taken a Statistics class in college? Anyone with college education knows that statistics can be made to portray things in any fashion you wish, there are so many variables that make statistics invalid, but if they benefit your cause you will use them regardless to make others follow.
Rick has it right, lying is just part of the political agenda to generate more money and funding to remove our fun and freedoms in order to fuel their(lawmakers and lobbyists) hobbies. Funny how those who are involved in legislation and politics are always 'excluded' from laws or end up in some loophole where they don't have to abide by the laws they create. Genius.
Published, objective, statistics based on scientific methods are used as tools to reach convergence conclusions.
Yes, one may be wary of "bumper sticker" statistics. However, statistical significance levels may show validity when those variables of probability, data, default position, and confidence, for example, are used in a comprehensive paper.
So no, one would not want to reach a conclusion based solely on a statistics. The stats' may show bias traits, corrupt motivations, errors etc...
Without understanding cause and effect, I often question statistics before reaching a personal conclusion on whether, or not, I think a statistic(s) are true, or false. And, I am not unique. Informally, these personal conclusions are based in part on observation, experience, assumption, conjecture, known facts, and wholistic knowledge. I will also not discount intuition.
Statistically, Since the first CAFE regulations were passed in 1975 new vehicles today, sold in the U.S., have become more efficient, and less polluting. Conclusion: Because of new CAFE regulations, new vehicles sold in 2025 will be even more efficient, and less polluting than vehicles of today.
Conclusion true, or false?
False: Based on small significant level.
Consumer demand will dictate Prius or 7,000 lb. suv's. Which in turn is based on economics, i.e. the cost of a barrel of crude, GNP, GDP, etc, etc, etc...
Federal regulations, subsidies grants, loans, fines..."The greater good"?
Nah, not so much...