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Obama orders up new mileage standards for big rigs
The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang

Posted on 02/18/2014 10:32:02 AM PST by jazusamo

Linking increased fuel economy to the larger issue of economic growth, President Obama on Tuesday directed his administration to write new rules to improve mileage for the nation’s big-rig trucks.

Mr. Obama made the announcement during a speech at a suburban Maryland Safeway distribution center and cast it as the latest move in his so-called “year of action,” a time he’ll act without Congress wherever possible.

“Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay off in lower prices for consumers. So it’s not just a win-win. It’s a win-win-win.”

The president added, “The economy is growing. We’re creating jobs. We’re generating more clean energy. We’re cutting our dependence on foreign oil. We’re pumping out less dangerous carbon pollution. If we keep going down this road then we’re going to have a future full of good-paying jobs.”

Under current federal standards, medium and heavy-duty trucks must reduce their fuel consumption by 10 percent to 20 percent by 2018. The president’s new proposal — which won’t be finalized until 2016 — will set even more ambitious goals the trucking industry much achieve in the years after 2018.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: climatechange; co2; diesel; emissions; energy; fuel; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; greenenergy; mileagestandards; obama; subsidies; taxcredit; trucks
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Another decree from the king and more green energy tax credits.
1 posted on 02/18/2014 10:32:02 AM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

How would this regulation affect the switch from diesel to natural gas?


3 posted on 02/18/2014 10:33:49 AM PST by Stingray51
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To: jazusamo

Can big rigs be made out of plastic like cars to get this accomplished? LOL


4 posted on 02/18/2014 10:34:07 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: jazusamo

It would seem that the trucking companies had the best incentive to demand efficiency, assuming that we’re talking about efficiency (not wasting resources including dollars).

Does this mean that trucks will be even slower and more dangerous on upgrades?


5 posted on 02/18/2014 10:34:41 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: jazusamo

If the big trucks lack the power to go up hills, Obama can hire shovel-ready gangs to push them. No pushee, no foodstamps!


6 posted on 02/18/2014 10:35:27 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

In between rounds of golf, yes he is.


7 posted on 02/18/2014 10:35:39 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yep, he’s already doing his best and it’s going to get worse.


8 posted on 02/18/2014 10:35:41 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo; All

“...which should pay off in lower prices for consumers.”

He’s SO IGNORANT. Or willfully EVIL. Need better gas mileage to comply with His Highness? Only fill your truck 1/2 full of consumer goods and make TWO trips!

*Facepalm*

I WAS enjoying a nice lunch break, Jaz, LOL!


9 posted on 02/18/2014 10:35:41 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: jazusamo

Kind of idiotic. It’s not like the makers of these trucks don’t already have enormous financial incentive to make their vehicles more efficient. Much more so than passenger vehicles.

I’m sure the guys at Mack are relieved. It had never crossed their minds that making their trucks more fuel-efficient would be a good idea.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 10:35:54 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: jazusamo

No-balls Boner - CUT THE FUNDING.

of course you won’t no balls. you like what’s going on. you like saying you can’t do anything about it.


11 posted on 02/18/2014 10:36:07 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: jazusamo
“Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further...”

BS!!!! Approve the Keystone you jacka$$!!!

12 posted on 02/18/2014 10:36:29 AM PST by SkiKnee
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To: Stingray51

How would this regulation affect the switch from diesel to natural gas?

The switch sounds good except that as soon as many have done it they will tax it out of existence like coal.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 10:36:31 AM PST by mountainlion
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To: jazusamo

Perhaps he should learn to run a lemonade stand before he destroys the trucking industry. What a maroon.

Pray America wakes up


14 posted on 02/18/2014 10:37:12 AM PST by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 coming soon)
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To: jazusamo

So the imperial joker decrees and the price of all transported goods goes UP. Thanks again doooooshbag.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 10:37:57 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jazusamo

Sure would be simpler if he’d just decree the tides to stay out.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 10:38:07 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: jazusamo

I was just talking to someone who explained that a mile per gallon was the difference between making money and losing money. If they can squeeze another MPG out of that truck they’ll do it without Obama telling them to do it.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 10:38:20 AM PST by marron
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To: jazusamo

This guy is about as screwed up as FDR. Worse, as an FDR wanna-be, he’s chocking our country to death.


18 posted on 02/18/2014 10:38:51 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: jazusamo

Most big-rigs get what...4-6 MPG. I don’t think that you can do much better than that even as a turbo-diesel. It takes W joules to move X weight, Y distance, at Z speed.

This will force most independents out of business and into the......Teamsters Union as commercial drivers working for somebody else?


19 posted on 02/18/2014 10:39:09 AM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Stingray51

I honestly don’t know other than another $200 million in tax credits going to switching over.


20 posted on 02/18/2014 10:39:29 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
“Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay off in lower prices for consumers. So it’s not just a win-win. It’s a win-win-win.”

I thought the results of fracking were already doing those things and more.

21 posted on 02/18/2014 10:39:35 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: DonaldC

None of my cars are nor will they be. Add of plastic. Nor are or will any of my firearms be made of plastic.


22 posted on 02/18/2014 10:39:59 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jazusamo
Under current federal standards, medium and heavy-duty trucks must reduce their fuel consumption by 10 percent to 20 percent by 2018. The president’s new proposal — which won’t be finalized until 2016 — will set even more ambitious goals the trucking industry much achieve in the years after 2018.

Maybe he could decree that friction must reduce it's impact on the trucking industry by 10 to 20%

23 posted on 02/18/2014 10:40:10 AM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: jazusamo; sully777; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; getsoutalive; muleskinner; ...

Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.....

If you want ON or OFF the DIESEL ”KnOcK” LIST jut FReepmail me.....

This is a fairly HIGH VOLUME ping list on some days.....

24 posted on 02/18/2014 10:41:10 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: jazusamo

You can also cut down on fuel consumption by ride sharing.
For example you and the wife could take the same jumbo jet to and from your vacation spot. Even more savings can be had by using the same plane for the kids and dog!


25 posted on 02/18/2014 10:42:06 AM PST by GMMC0987
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To: jazusamo

President Obama on Tuesday directed his administration to write new rules to improve mileage

WOW !!!!!! I never knew it was that easy to improve mileage


26 posted on 02/18/2014 10:42:11 AM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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27 posted on 02/18/2014 10:42:30 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: The_Victor

I wonder if this could shift shipping back to rail or bring rail engine designs to trucks.


28 posted on 02/18/2014 10:42:39 AM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: DonaldC

CORRECTION

None of my cars are nor will they be made of plastic. Nor are or will any of my firearms be made of plastic.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 10:43:13 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: jazusamo

Will this be enforced on trucks from Mexico, just like safety regulations are (not)?


30 posted on 02/18/2014 10:43:28 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: jazusamo

Just limit their weight to 5000 pounds. More trucks and jobs. Its a win win. Woo hoo


31 posted on 02/18/2014 10:43:37 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: jazusamo

Sooooo, this guy thinks that with diesel fuel running northward of $4/gal, and rising, the manufacturers need to be ordered to improve fuel economy?


32 posted on 02/18/2014 10:44:06 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: Ouderkirk

Or maybe it will move more freight to rail which would help his fellow Big Government crony and hypocritical liberal, Warren Buffett.


33 posted on 02/18/2014 10:44:10 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jazusamo

And in other news, Hitler had some exciting changes in store for Germany to be implemented in 1946.

Didn’t happen.


34 posted on 02/18/2014 10:45:04 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: Moonman62

Bingo.


35 posted on 02/18/2014 10:45:51 AM PST by marron
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To: jazusamo

Does he really believe this s___ ,he’s talking about ?


36 posted on 02/18/2014 10:45:57 AM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Ouderkirk

You’re so right. Our country runs on trucks and the more independents forced out the higher all goods delivered by trucks will be.


37 posted on 02/18/2014 10:46:19 AM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
I just bought my third diesel a week ago.I loved my previous one but I totaled it...or,to be more accurate,the insurance company totaled it for me (it looked fixable to me).My new oil burner is rated at 45mpg highway and I've seen many reports claiming 50mpg...which is believable because my previous one easily got 39mpg while being rated at 33mpg.

Seems to me that they could improve the mileage of big rigs either by tweeking the engines or the transmissions.

38 posted on 02/18/2014 10:46:19 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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Another utopian, tunnel visioned, knee jerk solution to an imaginary problem by our blunderer-in-chief.

The industry has a private and very real interest in consuming less fuel. It needs no government intervention. But the government wants to intercede anyway.

It’s important to remember, it was the government that re-formulated diesel gas “for the environment” (also knee jerk. See MTBE as another example). The new formula is more expensive, more destructive to the machinery, less efficient and puts more amonia in the atmosphere. It also reduces the potential gas mileage afforded by diesel fueled vehicles. But it does emit less CO2 by a tiny fraction (when compared to the additional fuel that is consumed). What have they accomplished again? Same as usual.


40 posted on 02/18/2014 10:47:04 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: jazusamo

This should keep a lot useless eaters (aka Federal workers) busy doing nothing useful.


41 posted on 02/18/2014 10:47:35 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Cicero

History tells that the only “shovel ready jobs” that monsters like Obama can readily deliver are the ones where you dig your own execution pit.


42 posted on 02/18/2014 10:47:44 AM PST by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: jazusamo
Obama orders everyone to wash and wax their cars everyday in order to increase gas mileage. Moochelle orders everyone to fork over five dollars to her favorite charity ... herself. (She needs more clothes.)

It's your patriotic duty as an American to OBEY these two clowns. Do it!

43 posted on 02/18/2014 10:48:04 AM PST by StormEye
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To: jazusamo

I command the laws of physics to obey!

Thermodynamics be d*mned!


45 posted on 02/18/2014 10:48:45 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: DonaldC
“Can big rigs be made out of plastic like cars to get this accomplished? LOL”

I have a 2009 Hyundai and I call it my “plastic car”. I had a Jag before that for 16 years. That car was beautiful but now Jags look like a box just like every other ugly box car.

46 posted on 02/18/2014 10:50:47 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: jazusamo

He’s got ready and wiling accomplices in the EPA, and will use the IRS to oppose anyone who differs.


47 posted on 02/18/2014 10:51:03 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: jazusamo

48 posted on 02/18/2014 10:52:19 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: DonaldC
"Can big rigs be made out of plastic like cars to get this accomplished? LOL"

No silly...it's all the wieght they put INSIDE the trucks. Stop putting all that CARGO in there that just weighs the truck down. EMPTY TRUCKS GET BETTER MILEAGE! BAN CARGO!

Instead, just make everyone DRIVE to where the products are MADE to buy them! That would eliminate the need for gas-guzzling trucks altogether! Wooo HOOO, I think we've solved it! :)

49 posted on 02/18/2014 10:52:25 AM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: jazusamo

Hey 0bama, the XL Keystone pipeline would get REALLY good gas mileage.


50 posted on 02/18/2014 10:52:48 AM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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