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FedGov Mandates Itty-Bitty, High-Milegage Cars

Written by Gary North on August 31, 2012

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.

Vroom, vroom.

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9 thoughts on “FedGov Mandates Itty-Bitty, High-Milegage Cars

  1. Really !!! Didn't Hitler do the same thing with the VW ?

  2. 2WarAbnVet says:

    There’s a name for these government approved cars – tinfoil deathtraps.

  3. I am NOT riding around in a hiccup of a car. Here in Utah, the drivers are too distracted to be behind the wheel of a potentially deadly weapon. I have dodged bullets(cars) in this state for 28 years. It hasn't been easy. Tinker toy cars would look like an accordian when hit by a pickup or even a larger car. No protection whatsoever. No thanks.

  4. Just another ploy to feed the junk science of "global warming." EPA can put their ideas up their whazzos and leave the American people alone. That is one agency that does NOT need to exist.

  5. Watch the death toll on the nation's highways go up when these small cars are mandated!! Imagine one of these sardine cans annihilated by an 18-wheeler!!! We're keeping our SUV and driving a lot less, but when we have to go out on the freeway, at least we are reasonably protected. Hopefully in NOVEMBER we'll retire the current "administration" and we can get back to living free!!

  6. I am so sick of these climate control lunatics telling everyone else what we can and can not do and what is and isn’t good for us. Enough already!

  7. I drive a very tiny car. I consider my car to be akin to a motorbike. I do not drive "defensively". I drive paranoid.

  8. Public_Citizen says:

    New Government Mileage Mandate = Vespas with doors

  9. David Johnson says:

    My father and brother were in a serious accident in 2005. They were t-boned when someone ran a stop sign. My brother was driving his Chrysler New Yorker. Had they been in a small car they would both have died that day.