Skip to comments.U.S. Wants Report Card for Cars [a letter grade from A to D.........]
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
WASHINGTONThe 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.
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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....
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.
I want grades for flunky U.S. government bureaucracies.
Why look at that, every Government Motor (GM) car gets an A+ - who would have thunk it? :)
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.
How about a number grade (0 through 100) for Big Government, Presidents and their administrations?
How about we grade Obama - F!
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.
The EPA and DOT get an “F” for this.
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.
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.
I will buy cars graded F.
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...]
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 $.
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.
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.
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.
So the government wants the ability to label consumer items as being “good” or “bad.”
Propaganda, plain and simple.
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.
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?
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.
This is the same crowd that ridiculed the Homeland Security color code. Apparently Homeland Security should have used letters.
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!
How about my “Report Card” for Congressmen?
Congressional Vote Score Card
Wow, and maybe a program, “no auto left behind” to convert your gas guzzlers too. ;)
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.