The federal government has mandated that cars get 54.5 miles per gallon in 2025. Today’s cars are required to get 29 mpg.
I remember the cars of my youth. They were gasoline hogs. They were big. They went vroom-vroom. They did not impress girls, but they impressed guys.
Then came soccer moms. They like big cars. They like vans. They are not going to be able to buy big cars.
Our cars of the future will look like this.
But this is not good enough for the environmentalists.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, however, the new standards will result in only “modest fuel economy improvements.” Furthermore, greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks will continue to increase from 2017 through 2025 and beyond.
“These standards ignore the urgency of the climate crisis,” said Vera Pardee, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, in a prepared statement. “Gas mileage will improve modestly over the next 13 years, but not enough to offset total emissions from an increasing number of cars driving more miles. It’s especially unfortunate that the new rules again encourage automakers to put more gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs on the road.”
The environmental group says the new goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025 will more likely be reduced to 47 mpg once certain credits, such as those for air-conditioning units, and “flexibilities” are factored in. Not including electric cars, the current commonly available car with the best fuel efficiency rating is the Toyota Prius at 42 mpg.
Also, the new standards provide incentives to build more SUVs and heavier pickup trucks, according to the Center. This will result in more of these vehicles on the road that consume more fuel and emit more greenhouse gases than cars.
Since we cannot keep these people happy, why should we try?
Why not do this? Let car buyers decide. A radical concept, indeed!
If gas prices go up, so,me people will buy small cars. Others will have money to buy large cars. The cars will look like this.