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54.5 MPG and The Law of Unintended Consequences

DariusIII Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 4:32 PM
Reverend, you don't understand. The working classes can walk or ride a bicycle to their jobs at University or Hospital. Lack of a car will also cut done on dangerous CO2 emissions and vehicular fatalities. For those who live beyond walking or cycling distance, public transportation will suffice (as well as replace those dreary hours watching television). Please, you should have more empathy for those less fortunate.

Legislators and regulators need to observe a fundamental Golden Rule: Do not implement new laws if you have not considered or cannot control important unintended consequences.

A perfect example is the Obama Administration’s plan to increase new car mileage standards, from the currently legislated requirement of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 to 54.5 mpg by 2025, as an average across each automaker’s complete line of cars and light trucks.

Carmakers reluctantly agreed to the new requirements, to avoid even more onerous standards, or different standards in different states. But the deal does nothing to alter the harsh realities...