Posts Tagged ‘CAFE standards’
November 15th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
President Obama Excited to Kill More People

On the White House’s official Twitter page, President Obama bragged that under his administration, “We set new fuel standards that will double the distance our cars and trucks go on a gallon of gas.”

Ignore for a moment that the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency slapped the burdensome regulations on car makers 15 months ago, so the Tweet is obviously a pathetic diversionary tactic to shift the public’s attention away from the recent Obamacare debacle that has further tarnished Obama’s presidency.

Let’s focus instead on the reality that stricter fuel standards kill thousands of people a year.

Since the simplest way to improve a vehicle’s mileage is to reduce its weight, fuel efficiency standards turn cars into “small, underpowered death traps,” according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.

While Obama’s ridiculous miles per gallon regulations won’t fully take effect for another dozen years, previous fuel standard policies are responsible for many of the deaths we see today.

In 1999, USA Today calculated that the reduction in the size and weight of passenger vehicles necessitated by fuel efficiency standards had resulted in more than 46,000 deaths. There have been thousands more Americans killed unnecessarily in the years since that report.

Highway deaths have been spiking recently. There was a 5.3% increase in deaths on America’s roads last year alone. That’s not surprising since, in 2011, another significant increase in minimum miles per gallon for passenger cars was put in place. As drivers upgrade to newer car models, they are unwittingly putting themselves in lighter, more dangerous cars.

Judging by the White House’s tweet, it’s apparent that the President is proud to force Americans into even smaller, lighter cars. He seems disturbingly at ease with the thousands of American deaths his decision will cause.

January 25th, 2013 at 8:31 am
Podcast: Trading Safety for Fuel Economy?
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In an interview with CFIF, Robert E. Norton, vice president for external affairs at the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and former assistant general counsel at Chrysler, discusses why size matters when it comes to automobile safety and why it’s wrong (and dangerous) for the government to force consumers into smaller vehicles to advance a politically driven environmental agenda.

Listen to the interview here.

August 19th, 2011 at 10:19 am
Podcast: Energy Expert Discusses Administration’s New Fuel Economy Mandates
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In an interview with CFIF, Sam Kazman, General Counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and head of its Death by Regulation project, discusses why the administration’s proposed ultra-CAFE standards risk lives, compromise auto reliability and increase costs for consumers.

Listen to the interview here.