Safety vs. Fuel Economy

19 05 2009

Obama announced a new national fuel economy plan today. He is mandating cars be 35.5 miles per gallon (they are 25 miles per gallon now). He says we will save $2,800 over the life of our cars by not having to buy more fuel. Heck, we can save that much just when fuel prices drop after we start drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Oh – sorry – forgot this administration is not looking for new energy sources – just ways to make us comply with old resources.

Beyond the Rose Garden celebration was barely mentioned the fact that fuel effecient cars tend to be smaller, and some argue, more dangerous. There are estimates that this might raise excess deaths of 800 annually. Plus the cost of cars will increase by $600. Add to this that personal automobiles are not major contributors to greenhouse gasses.

REPEATABLE: Pay more to save more, and risk more. Plus loose your choice to pick the car that is best for you. But it all sounds good when Obama pitches it – happy trees and meadows. I can’t wait to hit a pothole with a car that will weigh less than my dining room table….

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