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  • Tesla Mounts A Self-Serving Push For Tougher Fuel Economy Standards

    08/07/2015 5:31:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies ^ | August 7, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Crony Capitalism: Not content with the billions it gets in government help, Tesla Motors now wants tougher fuel economy standards that would cripple its competitors. Is this what passes for entrepreneurship today? In 2012, President Obama announced a new "Corporate Average Fuel Economy" standard that will require all the cars each automaker sells to get an average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Given the lead time that automakers need to design and test new cars, they now have only a few years to figure out how to achieve that goal. And since there are only a couple non-plug-in cars...
  • The FReeper Canteen - Just Hangin' Cafe - Friday, March 27, 2015

    03/26/2015 6:00:09 PM PDT · by LUV W · 46 replies
    The Best Troops and Veterans In The World and their families, too!! | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Beachn4fun
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´ s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will “do everything possible” to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • Hyundai, Kia Fined $100 Million Over Misleading Gas Mileage Figures

    11/03/2014 9:06:42 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | 11-3-14 | Eyder Peralta
    In a settlement the Justice Department is calling "unprecedented," Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a $100 million civil penalty for overstating the gas mileage on 1.2 million vehicles. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the settlement is the largest in Clean Air Act history. "Greenhouse gas emission laws protect the public from the dangers of climate change, and today's action reinforces EPA's commitment to see those laws through," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a press release. In a statement, Hyundai said it had reduced the combined city/highway fuel economy of a quarter of its...
  • Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

    06/09/2014 1:10:56 PM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 98 replies
    AP ^ | Jun 9, 2014 1:55 PM (ET) | DEE-ANN DURBIN
    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam. What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials. Automakers have been experimenting for decades with lightweighting, as the practice is known, but the effort is gaining urgency with the adoption of tougher gas mileage standards. To meet the government's goal of nearly doubling average fuel economy to 45 mpg by 2025, cars need to lose some serious pounds.
  • Mumbai loses its appetite for Irani cafes

    01/17/2014 10:27:51 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 18 Jan, 2014, 04.00AM IST | By Vikram Doctor
    MUMBAI: It is a rite of passage for many young journalists and filmmakers in Mumbai. You enter the Irani cafe, take in the atmosphere of peeling walls, old calendars and dusty cabinets, the bentwood chairs and glass-topped tables, the screened-off sections that no one seems to have entered in years and the few people sipping tea or bun-maska. Then you pluck up courage, approach the aging owner at the counter and ask if you can speak to him for a story on vanishing Irani cafes. It is some measure of the kindness usually lurking under the owners' gruff exteriors that,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 20 December 2013

    12/19/2013 5:59:31 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 94 replies
    December 19, 2013 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • Military Reverses Decision After Suspending Meal Tickets, Reducing Hours at Walter Reed´s

    08/15/2013 6:51:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/13 | staff
    UPDATE: A veteran says that the military has reversed its decision on shutting down the café. There are disturbing new revelations about the treatment of wounded troops recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center. The hospital has suspended meal tickets and reduced hours for its only café. The changes are apparently just the tip of the iceberg as the hospital struggles to cope with budget cuts. Jennifer Griffin reports that earlier this month the military reduced hours at the Warrior Café in Building 62 which is where all of the multiple amputees and long-term recovering patients live.Soldiers were told that on
  • Fiat CEO says governments shouldn't strong arm automakers into producing electric vehicles

    04/21/2013 9:19:46 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | 04/21/13 | Donald Melanson
    Fiat may now be producing electric vehicles, but CEO Sergio Marchionne apparently doesn't think they represent the future for the automaker just yet -- or, at least, the only future. Speaking at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress in Detroit yesterday, Marchionne said that his company is losing $10,000 on every 500e car sold (a figure he first offered fully two years ago), and added that "doing that on a large scale would be masochism in its extreme."Those comments came as part of a larger point he was making about the push towards electric vehicles, and what he described...
  • EDITORIAL: Global warming catches fire

    01/08/2013 5:51:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Crusade against carbon dioxide threatens the environmentTechnologies advanced as the solution to the purported global warming problem are catching fire — just not in the way intended. Bureaucrats are quickly learning that their regulatory offerings designed to entreat Mother Nature into bestowing cooler temperatures upon the planet have created environmental hazards of their own. It’s well-known that the fluorescent light bulbs being foisted on a reluctant public spread deadly mercury when dropped. In March, the administration will be free to enforce a federally imposed ban on the manufacturing of warm, pleasing and affordable 100-watt light bulbs. This will force more...
  • Nissan Admits Arrogance in Sales of Taxpayer-Subsidized Leaf

    12/19/2012 10:52:23 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | December 19, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    A top Nissan official has said the company was “arrogant” in its marketing and sales approach for the all-electric Leaf, which received a $1.4 billion stimulus loan guarantee fromPresident Obama’s Department of Energy. Not that the company is going to return taxpayers their money, since the premise upon which Nissan received the loan were ridiculously high production estimates. Too much in expenses would have to be eaten otherwise. “We were a little bit arrogant as a manufacturer when we went to the 50-state rollout,”said Al Castignetti, Nissan’s vice president for sales, to Automotive News in late November. “We had assumed...
  • CAFE Kills : Mindlessly imposed fuel-efficiency standards aren’t just costly, they’re deadly

    08/29/2012 6:46:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/29/2012 | Michelle Malkin
    While all eyes were on the Republican National Convention in Tampa and Hurricane Isaac on the Gulf Coast, the White House was quietly jacking up the price of automobiles and putting future drivers at risk. Yes, the same cast of fable-tellers who falsely accused Mitt Romney of murdering a steelworker’s cancer-stricken wife is now directly imposing a draconian environmental regulation that will cost untold American lives. On Tuesday, the administration announced that it had finalized “historic” new fuel-efficiency standards. (Everything’s “historic” with these narcissists, isn’t it?) President Obama took a break from his historic fundraising drive to proclaim that “by...
  • Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon. The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports from OPEC by about half.
  • Ford's Trade-In: Truck to Use Aluminum in Place of Steel

    07/27/2012 2:33:00 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 139 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/26/2012 | MIKE RAMSEY
    <p>ALLEN PARK, Mich.—In this suburb just west of Detroit, Ford Motor Co. is working on one of the biggest gambles in its 108-year history: a pickup truck with a largely aluminum body.</p> <p>The radical redesign will help meet tougher federal fuel-economy targets now starting to have wide-ranging effects on Detroit's auto makers. But Ford will have to overcome a host of manufacturing obstacles, plus convince die-hard pickup buyers that aluminum is as tough as steel.</p>
  • 10 Killed in Iraqi Car Bombing

    04/26/2012 3:43:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/12
    Ten people were killed, Thursday, when a car bomb exploded, next to a crowded cafe in the Diyala province, 65 kilometers north of Baghdad. Fifteen people were wounded...
  • CAFE Spells RIP for Trucks: Ford Ranger the first casualty.

    12/13/2011 5:57:25 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 147 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.13.11 @ 6:07AM | Eric Peters
    The government's pending (2016) 35.5 MPG CAFE fuel economy requirements -- which for the first time apply to trucks as well as passenger cars -- are going to make it very difficult for any automaker to sell trucks in volume in this country. Ford has just dropped the compact-size Ranger from its U.S. model lineup -- making it the first CAFE casualty -- and I predict that larger trucks are on the endangered species list now, too.... Even a small truck with a four-cylinder engine will have a hard time averaging 35.5 MPG....
  • House Oversight Chairman Widens Probe Into CAFE Standards Deal

    08/14/2011 11:00:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/14/11 | John McCArdle
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee yesterday expanded its investigation into the negotiations that led to newly announced vehicle fuel economy standards, charging that the White House worked out a secret deal that was outside the scope of the law. In a letter (pdf) to White House legal counsel Kathryn Ruemmler yesterday, Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) also said he was concerned that the new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and vehicle greenhouse gas standards that President Obama spent much of the past two weeks touting would increase vehicle costs for consumers and negatively affect safety standards.
  • Super! CAFE standards for big rigs (The EPA hits just keep on comin')

    08/12/2011 10:18:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We’ve had the opportunity to previously discuss the Obama administration’s proposed changes to CAFE standards for the nation’s fleet of passenger vehicles and the downstream effects this will have on auto prices and jobs. Never satisfied with half measures in “helping” us in this struggling economy, the White House has apparently decided to double down and apply similar new standards to long haul, big rig trucks now. WASHINGTON–President Obama announced the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for long-haul rigs, work trucks, and other heavy duty vehicles Tuesday, the second mileage pact with manufacturers in less than a month.The...
  • Obama unveils first efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks

    08/09/2011 4:59:10 AM PDT · by John W · 39 replies ^ | August 9, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia
    President Obama will unveil the first-ever federal fuel efficiency standards Tuesday for a range of heavy-duty trucks, a move the White House is casting as a key part of its plan to cut foreign oil imports and slash harmful air pollution. The planned announcement comes amid growing economic uncertainty and increasing jitters on Wall Street. Obama is expected to argue that the standards will result in major benefits to the ailing economy.
  • President announces deal to boost fuel economy

    07/29/2011 11:07:29 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 53 replies
    AP ^ | 7-29-11 | DINA CAPPIELLO and TOM KRISHER
    WASHINGTON—Ushering in the largest decrease in auto fuel consumption since the 1970s, President Barack Obama and automobile manufacturers Friday announced a deal that will save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes. The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, bringing major under-the-hood changes for the nation's automobiles starting in model year 2017. Cars and trucks on the road today average 27 miles per gallon. "This agreement on fuel standards represents the single most important step we have taken as a nation to reduce our dependence on...
  • Obama to announce new fuel economy standards Friday (the destruction of America continues unabated)

    07/27/2011 6:43:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 7/27/11 | Ayesha Rascoe and Deepa Seetharaman
    The Obama administration has reached a compromise with automakers on a new fuel economy target for cars and trucks, ending months of negotiations on this pivotal mandate for the auto industry. Automakers' fleets will now have to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, according to people familiar with the plan. Chief executives at the major automakers could sign off on the plan as early as Wednesday night, one of the people said. President Barack Obama will officially announce new guidelines on Friday, the White House said.
  • Obama to Announce New Fuel Standards (54.5 miles per gallon by 2025)

    07/27/2011 1:24:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | 07/27/2011 | Amy Harder
    In what will represent the administration’s biggest move on energy policy this year, President Obama on Friday will announce that his administration has struck a deal with the nation’s biggest automakers to ramp up vehicle fuel-economy standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, industry and congressional sources said. The higher standards could slash U.S. fossil-fuel emissions and oil consumption and drive major changes in U.S. auto manufacturing. National Journal reported earlier Wednesday that industry and congressional sources said the administration was likely to make the announcement, and White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed in his afternoon briefing that...
  • White House Wants Cars to Average 56.2 MPG by 2025

    06/27/2011 12:25:52 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 71 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities ^ | 6/27/11 | DINA CAPPIELLO / Associated Press
    The Obama administration is telling American automakers that it would like cars and light trucks to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025. Government and industry sources familiar with the discussions say that's the number being floated by administration officials in the early rounds of negotiations on a 2017-2025 fuel economy standard. The White House wants to boost fuel economy to reduce reliance on oil and cut down on global warming pollution.
  • Study: No savings at 62 mpg (New CAFE Standards Adds $10,000 To Price, 260,000 Jobs lost)

    06/18/2011 8:34:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    CNET ^ | 6/13/11
    Study: No savings at 62 mpgby Automotive News June 13, 2011 10:17 AM PDT Raising federal fuel economy standards to as high as 56 mpg in the 2025 model year would yield fuel savings to consumers that more than offset higher vehicle prices, a new study found. But lifting corporate average fuel economy to 62 mpg would result in vehicle price increases that exceed fuel savings over a five-year period, according to the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research. The report highlights room for compromise on the Obama administration's preliminary proposal to raise CAFE to between 47 mpg and 62 mpg...
  • New Study Throws Water on Obama Fuel-Economy Goals

    06/15/2011 6:12:04 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 10 replies
    Ward's Auto World ^ | June 2011 | Drew Winter
    A new report says the Obama Admin.’s proposed 62 mpg (3.8 L/100 km) fuel-economy target for 2025 could kill hundreds of thousands of jobs, put a $55,000 sticker on an ordinary family car and deliver only minor savings to consumers. The study was produced by the Ann Arbor, MI-based Center for Automotive Research, which has been a darling of the White House in recent months.
  • Bomb attack in Morocco tourist cafe kills 14

    04/28/2011 11:43:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 4/28/2011 | Youssef Boudlal Youssef Boudlal
    MARRAKESH – A bomb killed 14 people including foreigners in Morocco's bustling tourist destination of Marrakesh, officials said on Thursday, in an attack that bore the hallmark of Islamist militants. The blast ripped through a cafe overlooking Marrakesh's Jamaa el-Fnaa square, a spot that is often packed with foreign tourists. A Reuters photographer said he saw rescuers pulling dismembered bodies from the wreckage. If the bombing is the work of Islamist militants, it will be the first time they have carried out a major attack in Morocco since 2003, when a series of suicide bombings in the commercial capital, Casablanca,...
  • Keep On Truckin'

    01/03/2011 6:10:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 3, 2010 | Staff
    Environmentalism: Sales of those planet-killing SUVs and trucks are rising while sales of "all-electric" vehicles are slower than expected. Saving the planet takes a back seat to safety and comfort. Ever since the first Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards were enacted, Americans have consistently rejected efforts by government and environmentalists to force them to drive what many deride as "clown cars." They've opted instead for full-size cars, SUVs and trucks that can actually carry a family and all its stuff in comfort and safety. The auto industry was particularly hard hit during this recession, so it's interesting to learn...
  • Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills

    11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line.  If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear...
  • Experts Say CAFE Still Kills Despite Congressional Support

    11/02/2010 11:08:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/2/2010 | Jarrett Skorup
    In a questionnaire put out by the Associated Press last week, Michigan congressmen Fred Upton (R-7th District), Mark Schauer (D-8th District) and Gary Peters (D-9th District) all expressed support for "stronger emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on cars and trucks." But some transportation experts say this will lead to higher fatality rates in Michigan and nationally. "There have been many studies showing that these standards will result in more deaths," said Steven Milloy, an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the author of the book Green Hell. "Lighter cars are associated with higher fatalities, period." All three...
  • Bon Appétit magazine ranks Paris Coffee Shop among top 10 in country

    09/24/2010 12:30:37 PM PDT · by mylife · 18 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | 9/24/10 | Barry Shlachter, Scott Nishimura and Sandra Baker
    By Barry Shlachter, Scott Nishimura and Sandra Baker Star-Telegram Staff Writers Where's some of the best pie in America? In Fort Worth, according to the October issue of Bon Appétit magazine, which finally came around to what many of us have long known: The top-heavy meringue chocolate and coconut pies from Mike and Ginger Smith's Paris Coffee Shop on Magnolia Avenue will convert even the fussiest food snob.
  • ...Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants....

    08/25/2010 2:55:10 PM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | August 24, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text SNIPPET is a quote: Two Additional Arrests Made of Members of Violent International Organized Crime Group Albanian Government Aide Arrested; Newly Unsealed Indictment Charges 17 Defendants with Murder, Kidnapping, and Other Racketeering Offenses PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, JANICE K. FEDARCYK, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), and RAYMOND W. KELLY, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, announced the arrests of FLORIAN VESHI and ALMIR RRAPO for their roles in a racketeering enterprise that engaged...
  • Consumer Reports Lifts Lexus "Don't Buy" Rating

    05/07/2010 3:21:45 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies · 284+ views
    Consumer Reports magazine is lifting a "Don't Buy" recommendation for a Lexus sport utility vehicle that failed an emergency handling test. The magazine said Friday that the 2010 Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV passed the test after a dealership updated software that runs its electronic stability control system. Toyota Motor Corp. recalled about 10,000 of the SUVs in the United States in April after the magazine told readers not to buy them. The automaker also stopped selling them. Consumer Reports said the rear of the GX 460 slid sideways when testers lifted their feet off the gas pedal during a...
  • Environmental Extremists Making Regulatory Policies?

    04/05/2010 12:44:47 PM PDT · by opentalk · 11 replies · 456+ views
    Human events ^ | 04/05/2010 | Ross Kaminsky
    Although they were released on April Fools Day, new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations covering vehicle efficiency and water quality standards near mines are no joke. Instead, they are the inevitable outcome when government puts environmental radicals in charge of writing regulations. These unelected bureaucrats, headed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, have no regard for or understanding of property rights, free markets, or our economy. It’s all about worshiping at the altar of “climate change” and offering penance for America’s high standard of living by attacking industry in the name of “justice”. Ms. Jackson can be viewed in a clip...
  • Chicago Resident David Coleman Headley Pleads Guilty... [Re: Mumbai, India, Let, Denmark]

    03/18/2010 3:27:38 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 574+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 18, 2010 Chicago Resident David Coleman Headley Pleads Guilty to Role in India and Denmark Terrorism Conspiracies Admits Conducting Surveillance for Lashkar e Tayyiba in Planning 2008 Mumbai Attacks David Coleman Headley, a U.S. citizen of partial Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty today to a dozen federal terrorism charges, admitting that he participated in planning the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, as well as later planning to attack a Danish newspaper. In pleading guilty to all 12 counts that were brought against him in December and were...
  • Northfield teacher bites off piece of stranger's ear in cafe(MN)

    03/16/2010 12:07:17 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 59 replies · 1,828+ views
    star trombone ^ | 3-16-10 | PAUL WALSH
    A teacher at Northfield Middle School is accused of biting off a piece of a stranger's ear while in a St. Paul cafe early Sunday and then picking the evidence up off the floor and presumably eating it. Susan M. Mwarabu, 30, of Rochester, was charged Monday with third-degree felony assault and later released from the Ramsey County jail.
  • CAFE Vs. Toyota

    03/10/2010 6:12:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1,162+ views ^ | March 10, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Auto Safety: As a Toyota Prius with a stuck accelerator races down a California freeway, no one mourns the victims of the fuel economy standards imposed by Congress. Forced into smaller cars, thousands have died. We can barely imagine the panic felt by James Sikes, 61, as his Toyota Prius accelerated uncontrollably while he drove down Interstate 8 in San Diego County. We can imagine the continuation of the grandstanding by the owners of "government motors" as they further browbeat a competitor of government-run GM and Chrysler. We do not minimize the safety issues here that need to be addressed,...
  • Will Electric Cars Crash The Grid?

    08/14/2009 5:51:51 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 151 replies · 3,057+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 14, 2009 | IBD staff
    Conservation: The Chevy Volt is said to be able to get 230 miles per gallon. That's if it's continually plugged into a fragile and overburdened power grid. Where will you be when the lights go out? Since most U.S. electricity generation is not carbon-free, the Congressional Research Service agrees. The "widespread adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles through 2030 may have only a small effect on, and might actually increase, carbon emissions," it observes. "If you are using coal-fired power plants and half the country's electricity comes from coal powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?"...
  • Detroit Rock City (Mrs. Dingell: "I didn't know")

    04/08/2002 6:56:17 PM PDT · by Jean S · 3 replies · 519+ views
    Roll Call | 4/8/02 | Heard on the Hill
    Although a batch of documents recently released by the Bush Energy Department was supposed to embarrass Republicans, it also revealed an interesting nugget about a powerful Democrat, Debbie Dingell, wife of Rep. John Dingell (Mich.). Mrs. Dingell, who gave HOHholy hell a few years ago for referring to her in print as a "lobbyist" for General Motors, has always insisted that she merely runs the foundation that takes care of the auto giant's philanthropic activities. These days, Dingell says, she's in charge of "worldwide community relations" for the company. So you can imagine HOH's surprise upon noticing that Dingell turned...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 6:11:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies · 1,224+ views ^ | July 8, 2009
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another.It's a beautiful theory — highways full of electric cars emitting no greenhouse gases or pollutants after being plugged into an outlet in our garages overnight. The problem, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, is that the effort may only shift the problem somewhere else. "If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading...
  • 'Put nothing in writing,' Browner told auto execs on secret White House CAFE talks

    07/08/2009 5:14:39 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 33 replies · 1,352+ views ^ | 07/08/09 | Mark Tapscott
    Carol Browner, former Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs "to put nothing in writing, ever" regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, is demanding a congressional investigation of Browner's conduct in the CAFE talks, saying in a letter to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, that Browner "intended to leave little or no documentation of the deliberations that lead to stringent new CAFE standards." Federal law requires officials to preserve documents concerning significant policy decisions, so instructing participants in...
  • Not So Fast With Those Electric Cars

    07/08/2009 5:07:23 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 27 replies · 1,134+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Alternative Energy: A government report says reliance on electric cars will do little to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and may merely shift our dependence on foreign sources from one set of dictators to another..."If you are using coal-fired power plants, and half the country's electricity comes from coal-powered plants, are you just trading one greenhouse gas emitter for another?" asks Mark Gaffigan, co-author of the GAO report. The report itself notes: "Reductions in CO2 emissions depend on generating electricity used to charge the vehicles from lower-emission sources of energy."
  • Magical Thinking in California

    07/03/2009 5:46:03 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 518+ views
    American Spectator ^ | July 2, 2009 | Eric Peters
    [California] has regulated and spent itself into a well of debt so deep it makes the economic situation in the other 49 states seem not half-bad. But instead of putting a chokehold on California's run-amok bureaucrats, the federal government just gave them the go ahead to impose California-specific fuel economy and emissions control requirements on new cars sold there, beginning with the 2016 model year. California has long wanted to demand that new cars achieve 40 mpg, on average -- 5 mph higher than the "49 state" requirement recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Now...
  • Fuel Standards Are Killing GM (a corporate late term abortion for GM)

    07/02/2009 12:38:51 PM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 21 replies · 589+ views
    WallStreetJournal ^ | 7/2/2009 | ALAN REYNOLDS
    General Motors can survive bankruptcy far more easily than it can survive President Barack Obama's ambitious fuel economy standards, which mandate that all new vehicles average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. The actual Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) results will depend on the mixture of fuel-thrifty and fuel-thirsty vehicles consumers choose to buy from each manufacturer -- not on what producers hope to sell. That means only those companies most successful in selling the smallest cars with the smallest engines will, in the future, be allowed to sell the more profitable larger pickups and SUVs and more powerful luxury...
  • California Digging (Its Own Financial Grave)

    07/01/2009 5:16:12 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 38 replies · 3,244+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | Juky 1, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Regulation: Ignoring the first rule of holes, a bankrupt state passing out IOUs welcomes an EPA waiver allowing it to further kill its economy. Too bad the state can't stop the air pollution imported from a growing China. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday granted California its long-standing request — denied by the Bush administration — for a waiver to allow it to impose even more stringent air pollution rules than currently required by the federal government.The way is now clear for implementation of a 2002 state law requiring new cars to increase their fuel economy 40% by 2016....
  • KUDLOW: 'Green' cars will go flat. Consumers won't drive 'Government Motors'

    06/02/2009 3:30:16 AM PDT · by Scanian · 109 replies · 5,181+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2009 | Lawrence Kudlow
    Get ready, folks. America has bought a car company. As of Monday, we, the taxpayers, own a majority stake in General Motors Corp. Whether the company will be formally renamed Government Motors remains to be seen. But that's what it will be. GM filed for bankruptcy Monday. Instead of putting the failed car enterprise into bankruptcy six months ago - where Carl Icahn or Wilbur Ross could have bought it - the Bush administration chose Bailout Nation. Under Team Obama, that bailout has morphed into full-scale government ownership. Twenty billion dollars of Troubled Asset Relief Program money is already invested...
  • This family sedan seems to prove that Zero's new CAFE standards can be met in a "normal" car.

    05/25/2009 1:57:15 PM PDT · by seatrout · 36 replies · 1,805+ views
    Car and Driver ^ | August 2008 | Jared Gall
    It’s rare that we test two-year-old cars, but this particular Accord is rarer—in the U.S., anyway—than burlesque houses in a Texan polygamy camp. Under the hood is a 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s happy as low as 1300 rpm, but power starts at about 1600, with a whopping 251 pound-feet of torque (55 percent more than the current four-cylinder Accord) available at 2000 rpm. There is a nearly imperceptible difference between 70- or 80-percent throttle and flat-footing it, meaning the car feels quick when driven at about 8/10th, but sluggish when it’s really hammered. It took 8.9 seconds to wind the...
  • Energy Plans Often Run Out of Gas

    05/23/2009 4:45:42 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 1,511+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 24, 2009 | Matthew L. Wald
    Ordinary light bulbs are supposed to disappear in the next few years as exotic new lighting technologies become common. Much of our electricity will be generated by wind and sun. Car fuel will be extracted from trees and grass. So lawmakers have mandated. Now President Obama has proposed a new energy initiative, one of the most ambitious in decades, that would require the average car to get 40 percent more miles on each gallon. At least, that’s what is supposed to happen. But as the ups and downs of the nation’s energy policy have demonstrated over the last 35 years,...
  • Lightweight, Fuel-Efficient Cars Not Necessarily Less Safe

    05/23/2009 5:09:48 AM PDT · by ovrtaxt · 87 replies · 3,650+ views ^ | 5-19-09 | Mike Simpson, Kristine Chan-Lizardo, Cory Lowe, and Cameron M. Burns
    President Obama announced on May 19, 2009, a “historic agreement to help America break its addiction to oil.” The centerpiece of that announcement was a new 35.5-mpg CAFE standard for 2016. Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has been advocating the entry of fuel-efficient cars into the market for years. The time is now ripe, and we are in the midst of a major national push for the adoption of these cars. One of the barriers to widespread adoption is the common-yet-misleading line of logic that most consumers follow—that fuel efficiency equates to smaller, less safe cars. This misperception is fed by...
  • Honda Insight Hybrid [American Drivers Get Ready]

    05/23/2009 1:04:17 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 98 replies · 2,730+ views
    Sunday Times (London) ^ | May 17, '09 | Jeremy Clarkson
    Much has been written about the Insight, Honda's new low-priced hybrid. So far, though, you have not been told what it's like as a car; as a tool for moving you, your friends and your things from place to place. So here it comes. It's terrible. Biblically terrible. It doesn't work. Acceleration is poor. And the sound is worse. So you're sitting there with the engine screaming its head off, and your ears bleeding, and you're doing only 23 mph and you're thinking things can't get any worse, and then they do because you run over a small piece of...
  • Broadcast Networks 'Hail' Obama Auto Fuel Efficiency Standard

    05/22/2009 9:26:37 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 8 replies · 523+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | May 23, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    After 120 days of the new presidency, the automobile industry provides some of the best evidence of an administration that favors the heavy hand of government meddling in the private sector. And as is the case with mostcoverage of President Obama and his policies, criticism of his automotive tinkering has been sparse. On May 19, Obama announced a 30-percent increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which would come to a 35.5 miles per gallon (mpg) average for both cars and light trucks. It will equate to a higher percentage increase for cars, up from its current level of...