Skip to comments.Obama calls for cars to get almost 55 mpg (Price of autos to increase by at least $3,000)
Posted on 08/29/2012 3:50:18 AM PDT by tobyhill
The Obama administration announced fuel economy standards Tuesday that would require car makers to almost double the average gas mileage for passenger vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The final rules mark the latest step in a lengthy campaign by the administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption and are the highest fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history.
With an eye to the looming presidential election, the White House touted the standards as a boost for middle-class consumers. "These fuel standards represent the single most important step we've ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil," President Obama said.
But the Romney campaign was quick to condemn the rules as impractical and harmful. "Gov. Romney opposes the extreme standards that President Obama has imposed, which will limit the choices available to American families," campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.
While automobile manufacturers welcomed the new rules, auto dealers decried them. The dealers association contends that the 2025 rules would drive up the average vehicle sticker price by $3,000.
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Which, not incidentally, will pretty much kill off anything that isn’t a Volt, Prius, Leaf or similar - as these standards also apply to trucks and SUVs.
The Communist/Marxist/Kenyan Tyrant will do to cars,
what he has done to gasoline and NASA.
They are to be ONLY for the Congress and Islam.
Hey, why stop at 55? Why not go for 200mpg? If we’re gonna go for a pipe dream, let’s make it BIG!!
No, it will kill the car. Period. This is a scheme to get us out of the rural areas and cram us into new projects where we can be “supervised” better...all in his commie-fascist dreams...
just let all the air out of all the tires and you will get infinite miles per gallon!
Those kind of cars were being built in 1952.
Does anybody remember the King Midget? Or maybe the original Fiat 500? If made small enough, or light enough, with a really tiny power plant (say about twelve horsepower or so), four-wheeled vehicles CAN get mileage up in that range.
Not so good for the everyday chores of life, though. And really dreadful when it comes to merging with traffic on the Outer Loop around Washington, DC.
Did no one tell him the Volt is out of production?
No, this won’t kill the car.
The hike *after* this one will kill the car.
It’s back in production.
And even worse if you cut someone off who is driving anything larger and they can’t stop.
My Saturn is 16 years old and I haven't even spent $8,000 on gas for it. This is simply another central planning failure being implemented by Obama. Another one-size-fits-all program. More car owners will be retired and putting fewer miles on their cars (like me) and this program will simply cost them more money to drive a new car so we won't buy them.
The first car I ever ownedgot 58 miles per gallon.
It was a 24HP Volkswagon Beetle and all that I could afford. Every vehicle that I’ve owned since has gotten progressively less miles per gallon.
My current vehicle gets about 12MPG.
They mean $8,000 gas savings of gas at $10 a gallon, which is another one of their goals.
This is Obama in a nutshell.
Middle-Class Consumers know what is good for them. Given a choice between an expensive car that gets fair milage and an expensive car that gets exceptional milage, most folks will do the math and buy the car that is cheapest to run. You can run a Chevy Malibu for the rest of your life and not save enough to recover the extra money you would have to pay for a Chevy Volt. Add in the time cost of money, the cost for increased maintenance and premature obsolescence, and you never get close to getting your money back.
Middle-Class Consumers understand this and are capable of making the best choice.
As far as reducing our dependence on foreign oil, how about letting us drill our own resources? How about Keystone XL? (Canada is not really what you would call foreign...)
“The final rules mark the latest step in a lengthy campaign by the administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption and are the highest fuel efficiency standards in U.S. history.”
BS. These rules are meant to kill off the middle class.
Been there... Done that...
Remember, the Chevy Volt gets 230 MPG!!1!
I agree. But yea Romney is not conservative enough so its fine to not vote.
All these whiners on here won’t even see a country they recognize if zerO get’s another four years with his scheme of letting massive amounts of thugs from below the border in our country. Think the demographics now make it hard for a conservative to win? HA! Just wait.
Then again these whiners sit on their ass and do nothing to fix things, I bet they’d love for Ozero to get another term in order to give them something to complain about.
For some reason small size doesn’t always translate to fuel efficiency, though. Take a look at a Smart Car on the road, for example, and notice how ridiculously small it is. Then realize that it isn’t even as fuel-efficient as a typical compact car like a Ford Focus or Honda Civic.
Renault 4! Problem solved.