The news announcement on August 28th that Obama was pushing new fuel economy standards was greeted by confusion by anyone who has ever written a research paper in the 6th grade.
The new rules state that fuel efficiency needs to improve from the current average of 28.6 mpg to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Failure to comply will be met with (surprise, surprise) a fine for the automakers. The Obama administration says that this will save around $8,000 in fuel during the life of the car.
This is where it gets interesting and where any 6th grade teacher would have had a fit. Jon Carson, the director of Obama’s Office of Public Engagement, was on Twitter tweeting about the $8,000 savings. His source was the New York Times. The source that the New York Times cited for their article is th Obama Administration. Nothing like sourcing yourself for something that will cost the tax payers, especially low- and middle-income tax payers, billions of dollars in added cost when they need to buy a car. That’s just the out-of-pocket financial cost.
The other side of making cars more fuel-efficient is the safety factor. According to the National Academy of Sciences, in a report issued more than a decade ago, the current fuel economy standards have contributed to between 1,300 and 2,600 traffic deaths per year. For a program that has been in place for over 20 years, that number is staggering.
The Obama administration should be ashamed of itself for pushing forward with standards that are not only going to financially harm millions of Americans, but also going to kill thousands of them.