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U.S. Wants Report Card for Cars [a letter grade from A to D.........]
Wall Street Journal ^

Posted on 08/31/2010 1:22:56 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

U.S. Wants Report Card for Cars System Would Rate Fuel Economy, Emissions; Industry Says Government Veers Into Issuing Opinions

By JOSH MITCHELL

WASHINGTON—The government proposed labeling each new passenger vehicle with a letter grade from A to D based on its fuel efficiency and emissions, part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to promote electric cars and other advanced-technology vehicles. Journal Community

The proposed new rules, released jointly Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department, would be the most substantial change in 30 years to the familiar price-and-mileage labels affixed to the windows of new cars at dealerships.

Currently, the labels must show how many miles per gallon a car gets and its estimated annual fuel cost. Under the proposed changes, a new label design would carry a large letter grade assigned by regulators.

Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or A-minus would be electrics and plug-in hybrids, the government said.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
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Makes me feel better already..........
1 posted on 08/31/2010 1:23:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Won’t that make the cars feel bad about themselves if they get a bad grade?

It’s not fair to the cars, especially the small cars....

huge sarc/


2 posted on 08/31/2010 1:26:09 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Sub-Driver

Great news ... then we can hire 40,000 new gubmint drones at 120,000 per to write reports and grade cars ... wonder if Gubmint Motors will get higher scores?

Cripes, can we get these idiots out faster? There will be nothing left.


3 posted on 08/31/2010 1:26:28 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Vote Conservative.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I want grades for flunky U.S. government bureaucracies.


4 posted on 08/31/2010 1:27:17 PM PDT by steelyourfaith ("Release the Second Chakra !!!!!!!" ... Al Gore, 10/24/06)
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To: Sub-Driver

Why look at that, every Government Motor (GM) car gets an A+ - who would have thunk it? :)


5 posted on 08/31/2010 1:27:26 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Sub-Driver
This insane conflict of interest by our ever ballooning out of control government is a precursor to their new evil SUV tax.
6 posted on 08/31/2010 1:28:00 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (m)
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To: Sub-Driver
Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or A-minus would be electrics and plug-in hybrids, the government said.

That seems to presume that generating electricity has no environmental cost. I guess burning coal doesn't count if no one is looking.

One thing they could do (and might - I didn't read the whole article yet) is come up with an electrical efficiency standard. How many miles per kilowatt-hour will I get? You could get a poor efficiency electric SUV that just gobbles up the electricity to charge its batteries.

7 posted on 08/31/2010 1:28:31 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about a number grade (0 through 100) for Big Government, Presidents and their administrations?


8 posted on 08/31/2010 1:29:10 PM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about we grade Obama - F!


9 posted on 08/31/2010 1:29:16 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (Proud Infidel)
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To: Sub-Driver

What is the grade for a car manufactured with non-union labor? Man, its good to know hope and change is still proudly marching forward. Imagine the mistakes we would make in buying cars if we didn’t have a government grading scale? I imagine the next thing will be a progressive tax on cars scoring less than A+. That would clearly be progressive and transformative.


10 posted on 08/31/2010 1:31:49 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Sub-Driver

The EPA and DOT get an “F” for this.


11 posted on 08/31/2010 1:32:01 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: libertarian27

The Hussein regime will also begin grading American citizens in the near future, based upon religion, skin color, party affiliation and union status. Only black, democrat, Muslim SEIU members will qualify for A+ status. Those receiving less than a C will not be permitted to vote, drive or own property. They WILL however be allowed to pay taxes...at the new 90% rate.


12 posted on 08/31/2010 1:32:14 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Sub-Driver

Every time I think that the obozo administration cannot possibly do anything more stupid than what they have already done I realize how much I have underestimated their collective stupidity.


13 posted on 08/31/2010 1:32:37 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: Sub-Driver

I will buy cars graded F.


14 posted on 08/31/2010 1:34:16 PM PDT by rushmom
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To: Sub-Driver

What a SPLENDID opportunity for bribes, graft and other un-taxed payments to “reward” our bureaucratic over-lords!

Government-granted “Grades” have worked SO well in NYC that a roach is never seen in a restaurant, a bed-bug is never found in an hotel room and every graduate of a New York public school is a veritable Einstein!

[Cue: Three Bronx cheers...]


15 posted on 08/31/2010 1:35:09 PM PDT by pfony1
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To: Sub-Driver

Which brings me to my own decision: Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, or Chevy Camaro? Leaning Challenger because it’s so darned good looking, though Mustang may outperform, and Camaro offers similar power for less $.


16 posted on 08/31/2010 1:35:17 PM PDT by Dagnabitt ("Obama" - Swahili for "Fail")
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To: Sub-Driver
Seems appropriate that Ford, who didn't take ObamaBucks already made the “A”
17 posted on 08/31/2010 1:37:28 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Based on my perception of the american people, this should be dumbed down even more.

I think cars that the government thinks are just swell should have a green smiley face on the sticker. The ones that the government thinks are "bad" (H1 Hummer, etc.) can have a red Mr. Yuck.

I'd like to say more, but Ow, My Balls! is on. I gotta go.


18 posted on 08/31/2010 1:40:13 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Sub-Driver

I got my “D” car last year, a Lincoln Navigator, because I was afraid I might not be able to get as good a one again. It’s great! I drove it 5,820 miles from Knoxville, TN to the west coast and back this summer.


19 posted on 08/31/2010 1:43:21 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Sub-Driver

The guy subbing for Rush talked about this today. For a car to get an A plus it would have to get 117 MPG. How stupid is this? The sooner we get rid of these guys the better.


20 posted on 08/31/2010 1:46:13 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: Sub-Driver

So the government wants the ability to label consumer items as being “good” or “bad.”

Propaganda, plain and simple.


21 posted on 08/31/2010 1:50:24 PM PDT by Brookhaven (The next step for the Tea Party--The Conservative Hand--is available at Amazon.com)
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To: 43north
My less generous take:

Every time I think that the obozo administration cannot possibly do anything more stupid evil than what they have already done I realize how much I have underestimated their collective stupidity arrogance.

22 posted on 08/31/2010 1:52:17 PM PDT by jimt
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To: Sub-Driver
"Gowrsh, we hicks are just too dumm to figger out them EPA MPG numbers... we need sumpin' simpul!"

This goes along with Cass Sunstein's stated goal, which amounts to limitation of freedom of all Americans: "just limit the choices." If all your allowed to buy is Grade "A" or "B" or "C" cars, why, the problem of the eeeeevil SUVs and trucks just goes away.

I also agree with the poster who mentioned the so-called environmental cost of electricity. What's a few tons of coal between friends?

23 posted on 08/31/2010 1:53:40 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (There is no "common good" which minimizes or sacrifices the individual. --Walter Scott Hudson)
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To: Dagnabitt
For the past several years we've had a Dodge Durango and it is fantastic for us!. I WAS a solid MOPAR man, but with the government and Fiat (I used to drive a Fiat X-1/9) there is no way I would get (a new) one. My oldest son bought a Buick Regal LS - 2005 0r '06 IIRC and it is also a wonderful vechicle. I think it compares very well to the XJ-6 and Mercedes I used to drive. But again since the government takeover no way will I buy a GM.

So that leaves FORD for me. I had a brand new '67 Mustang convertable when I was in high school and tricked it up with Koni's, Edlebrock and a carb that was WAY too big for the 289, LOL! But heck I was a kid and it was a babe magnet.

So when it comes time for us to get a vehicle there are sveral we're looking at, including some foreign makes but I won't go into those now, they're not for me, more for Wife.

The F-150's are calling me and I might even be able to downsize a bit to a Ranger because I probably won't need to haul much anymore.

Nowif I decide to get a car I'm pretty sure I'm going back to a 'Stang convertable. On Father's Day this year Wife and I went to a Pirates game (I know...sigh) with a group from one of the Local Watering Holes. A gal there had a beautiful new 'Stang convertable and I was very impressed. At my age I'm willing to trade off the HP and Boy Racer stuff. I want a nice, dependable vehicle I can drive in town and on fairly long trips and still have some fun with.

The Mustang did reverberate with the echos of my one from high school and my leg got a tingle, hehehe!

I'd go with the Mustang.

24 posted on 08/31/2010 1:58:46 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: Sub-Driver

This is the same crowd that ridiculed the Homeland Security color code. Apparently Homeland Security should have used letters.


25 posted on 08/31/2010 2:03:50 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Napolean fries the idea powder.)
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To: prisoner6
Sounds like you've had some fun cars! The Mustang is definitely sweet.
26 posted on 08/31/2010 2:09:21 PM PDT by Dagnabitt ("Obama" - Swahili for "Fail")
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To: Dagnabitt
At one point I had a soft spot in my head - yes head - for Renaults. I had a '69 R-16, several R-5 LeCars and a 1988 R-21 AMC Medallion.

Oh, and then there was the AMC Pacer wagon.....!

One of the absolute BEST cars I've ever had was a 1971 2 door NOVA with the small 6 and 2 speed powerslop. It was when Wife and I were just married and the car I was driving then - a Mazda RX2 with the rotary engine blew up. I paid 300 bucks for the NOVA and it lasted forever!

27 posted on 08/31/2010 2:37:52 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts are holding The Constitution together as the Loose Screws of The Left come undone!)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about my “Report Card” for Congressmen?

Congressional Vote Score Card

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2406579/posts?page=5


28 posted on 08/31/2010 2:38:32 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Wow, and maybe a program, “no auto left behind” to convert your gas guzzlers too. ;)


29 posted on 08/31/2010 4:46:24 PM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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To: prisoner6

Had an ‘88 Mustang hatchback. Drove it 1500 miles, but the tranny went out in Colorado. Shame, I loved that car. Lost my bet with my dad who said I wouldn’t get 2k miles out of it.


30 posted on 08/31/2010 4:49:31 PM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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