As reported by the Associated Press, “The average gas mileage of new cars and trucks will have to nearly double by 2025 under regulations that were finalized Tuesday by the Obama administration. The new rules will require the fleet of new cars and trucks to average 54.5 miles per gallon in 13 years, up from 28.6 mpg at the end of last year.”
It’s rather cheeky for an Administration that couldn’t accurately predict the results of its own trillion-dollar “stimulus” plan to be mapping out the future of the automobile industry a decade or more after Obama leaves office, and it’s all being done in the name of the weird “global warming” religion, which still obsesses about “greenhouse gases” even after the theory of man-made global warming has been conclusively debunked. These fuel standards will kill people – radical increases in fuel economy standards always do, because the cars become lighter and less able to protect passengers during collisions. But no price in blood or treasure is too high to pay for the official State eco-religion!
Automobile dealers have long complained about the burden Obama’s madcap increases to fuel efficiency will place upon them, because they’ll jack up the price of new cars. The Administration optimistically estimates the price increase will be offset by $8,000 in fuel savings over the lifetime of the vehicle. That’s the kind of thing a politician wholly ignorant of economics would say. Don’t worry about paying thousands of dollars extra up front, folks – you’ll slowly save $8,000 over the course of the ensuing decade, so it’ll all balance out! Why, people will just be lining up around the block to buy the new 2025 deathtraps!