Skip to comments.Obama orders up new mileage standards for big rigs
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 nations 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 hell 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 its not just a win-win. Its a win-win-win.
The president added, The economy is growing. Were creating jobs. Were generating more clean energy. Were cutting our dependence on foreign oil. Were pumping out less dangerous carbon pollution. If we keep going down this road then were 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 presidents new proposal which wont be finalized until 2016 will set even more ambitious goals the trucking industry much achieve in the years after 2018.
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How would this regulation affect the switch from diesel to natural gas?
Can big rigs be made out of plastic like cars to get this accomplished? LOL
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?
If the big trucks lack the power to go up hills, Obama can hire shovel-ready gangs to push them. No pushee, no foodstamps!
In between rounds of golf, yes he is.
Yep, he’s already doing his best and it’s going to get worse.
“...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!
I WAS enjoying a nice lunch break, Jaz, LOL!
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.
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.
BS!!!! Approve the Keystone you jacka$$!!!
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.
Perhaps he should learn to run a lemonade stand before he destroys the trucking industry. What a maroon.
Pray America wakes up
So the imperial joker decrees and the price of all transported goods goes UP. Thanks again doooooshbag.
Sure would be simpler if he’d just decree the tides to stay out.
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.
This guy is about as screwed up as FDR. Worse, as an FDR wanna-be, he’s chocking our country to death.
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?
I honestly don’t know other than another $200 million in tax credits going to switching over.
I thought the results of fracking were already doing those things and more.
None of my cars are nor will they be. Add of plastic. Nor are or will any of my firearms be made of plastic.
Maybe he could decree that friction must reduce it's impact on the trucking industry by 10 to 20%
Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.....
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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!
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
I wonder if this could shift shipping back to rail or bring rail engine designs to trucks.
None of my cars are nor will they be made of plastic. Nor are or will any of my firearms be made of plastic.
Will this be enforced on trucks from Mexico, just like safety regulations are (not)?
Just limit their weight to 5000 pounds. More trucks and jobs. Its a win win. Woo hoo
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?
Or maybe it will move more freight to rail which would help his fellow Big Government crony and hypocritical liberal, Warren Buffett.
And in other news, Hitler had some exciting changes in store for Germany to be implemented in 1946.
Does he really believe this s___ ,he’s talking about ?
You’re so right. Our country runs on trucks and the more independents forced out the higher all goods delivered by trucks will be.
Seems to me that they could improve the mileage of big rigs either by tweeking the engines or the transmissions.
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.
This should keep a lot useless eaters (aka Federal workers) busy doing nothing useful.
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.
It's your patriotic duty as an American to OBEY these two clowns. Do it!
I command the laws of physics to obey!
Thermodynamics be d*mned!
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.
He’s got ready and wiling accomplices in the EPA, and will use the IRS to oppose anyone who differs.
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! :)
Hey 0bama, the XL Keystone pipeline would get REALLY good gas mileage.