The White House confirmed today that the President is seeking to increase fuel efficiency standards under one unified federal standard for vehicle gas mileage. As a result, it is estimated this will cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle due to the standards change.
Yahoo News reports:
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s new fuel and emission standards for cars and trucks will save billions of barrels of oil but are expected to cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016. Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for vehicles, as well as require an overall or industry average fuel efficiency standard at 35.5 miles per gallon.
Carol Browner, the White House energy and climate director, publicly confirmed the new initiative in appearances on morning network news shows, calling it a “truly historic” occasion and saying tougher standards are “long overdue.”
The plan also would effectively end a feud between automakers and statehouses over emission standards — with the states coming out on top but the automakers getting the single national standard they’ve been seeking and more time to make the changes.
Obama’s proposed change in rules would for the first time combine pollution reduction from vehicle tailpipes with increased efficiency on the road. It would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil through 2016 and would be the environmental equivalent of taking 177 million cars off the road, said senior administration officials speaking anonymously, ahead of the announcement.
Saving us from foreign oil is a noble goal, however, doing so on the backs of the working class by charging them more for new vehicles isn’t the solution.
Administration officials said consumers were going to pay an extra $700, anyway, for mileage standards that had already been approved. The Obama plan adds another $600 to the price of a vehicle, a senior administration official said, bringing the total cost to $1,300 by 2016.
That official said the cost would be recovered through savings at the pump for consumers and if gas prices follow government projections.
Sure it would be recovered at the pump, if you drove a tremendous amount of mileage every year and kept the vehicle for at least 7 or so years, just like the hybrids.
Here’s a crazy idea but let me propose it anyway. Why don’t we let the consumers decide what kind of vehicle they want to drive? If they want to pay extra for fuel efficiency, that’s fine. If they want to drive a Hummer, that’s fine too. Why must the federal government take away our rights as individuals to drive the marketplace?
But industry officials — many of whom are running companies on emergency taxpayer dollars — said Obama’s plan would help them because they would not face multiple emissions requirements and would have more certainty as they develop their vehicles for the next decade.
That is the only positive thing I see coming from this, however, even that’s a stretch. President Bush had attempted the same type of regulation with negligible results a few years ago.
This is basically government regulation of what you can buy through the use of federal legislation. They are attempting to regulate technology into existence that currently isn’t available.
Furthermore, I believe this is another step in the grand scheme to essentially outlaw large trucks and SUVs by making the standards so tight that it will be impossible to meet them. But I digress, that’s another topic for another time.