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54.5 MPG and The Law of Unintended Consequences

gpowell Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 6:48 PM
Yes, obummer wants American cars to get 54.4 mpg. England has autos that get 75+ mpg now. What is ironic is that the engines for these autos and some of the autos themselves are built in the USA but the Federal Government will not allow them to be sold in America. The federal government also refuses to let any of these vehicles to be imported into America. These vehicles are safe and relative inexpensive. This action has nothing to do with increased mpg but everything with destroying America.

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...