Among the litany of myths and falsehoods spewed by so-called Progressives is the idea that government mandates spur innovation and result in prosperity.
In fact, government mandates result in catastrophic failure at the very best (see the Housing boom and bust as one prominent example) and despotism at the very worst (see North Korea, the Soviet Union, and every other economy dominated by government mandates).
CAFÉ standards are an excellent example of government mandates resulting in disastrous consequences, and among many other things – including the cruel butchering of innocent human beings – CAFÉ standards have directly resulted in massive increases in automobile prices thanks to the obscene market distortions inherently caused by government mandates.
In regards to the new CAFÉ standards administered via authoritarian executive fiat by the Obama Administration’s EPA, the Center for Automotive Research gives the damning numbers:
“The fourth fuel economy standard of 49.6 mpg is associated with an $11,290 increase in retail price. It is assumed that manufacturers and dealers will pass on the cost increase in fuel economy and safety technology to the consumer, at a retail price equivalent.”
The Obama administration’s new fuel economy standards would require automakers to produce cars and light trucks with an average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025.
As was explained previously by the Center for Automotive Research, “the higher mandates will increase vehicle prices that exceed the savings in fuel costs (over five years), even if gasoline costs $6.00 per gallon (in 2009 prices) for most scenarios under consideration.”
Thus what Detroiters are slapped with is a huge new tax on automobile purchases that has no scientific justification.
Ironically, these numbers were revealed during the same time that 110 enviro-statists were arrested for engaging in borderline violence over a pipeline between the United States and Canada that would create thousands of jobs, generate billions in tax revenue, and would help ease the pain at the pump.
These monsters don’t want us to drive normal vehicles and don’t want us to have the fuel needed to operate vehicles!
Moreover, Detroiters and Americans everywhere will not be able to experience economic freedom in purchasing an automobile when tyrants in the federal government order them to pay an $11,000 tax in the name of eco-terrorism.
As Mark Levin has so aptly put it, green is the new red.