Contrary to what you might believe, the new fuel standards imposed via executive fiat by the Environmental Protection Agency are an eco-terrorist abomination that will result in more pollution of the environment, obscenely high prices for automobiles and, worst of all, dead Americans.
Herewith are the top five myths propagated by the braindead drones and despotic politicians/bureaucrats who support the new CAFÉ standards:
MYTH: CAFÉ standards make the environment cleaner.
FACT: Higher fuel efficiency standards result in more CO2 being put in the atmosphere.
Energy expert Nicolas Loris explains the rebound effect:
“When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle notes that fuel efficiency standards will reduce carbon dioxide emissions, ‘but not by as much as advertised, because more fuel efficient cars make driving cheaper, so people will do more of it. This ‘rebound’ effect robs about 25% of gains, and also means more congestion, and more wear-and-tear on roads.’ The rebound effect also takes away some of the estimated cost savings and oil reduction.”
Furthermore, a recent study commissioned by the British-based Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership found that “CO2 emissions from the production of a hybrid or EV vehicle are much higher than the emissions from a normal gasoline vehicle. Just 23% of the lifetime CO2 emissions (a little over 11,000lbs) are spent during the production of a mid-size gasoline vehicle. That number jumps to 31% of initial emissions for a mid-size hybrid and 46% for a mid-size EV.”
In other words, CAFÉ standards may plug one hole but open up five new holes.
MYTH: CAFÉ standards don’t hurt consumers or damage the economy.
FACT: CAFÉ standards destroy jobs and skyrocket automobile prices.
As was detailed in this space before, the new standards could increase the price of a new car by $10,000, cause auto sales to plummet by 25 percent, and destroy 220,000 auto manufacturing jobs.
Additionally, “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.” Thus consumers will have no relief from the massive increase in automobile prices.
None of this should come as a surprise, as the EPA does not take into account whether its regulations will increase costs or kill jobs.
MYTH: Auto companies can attain the new mandatory standards on their own without decreasing size or quality.
FACT: The laws of physics say it is impossible for auto companies to meet the new standards using current vehicles:
“(I)t is technologically impossible to squeeze anything beyond 45 mpg in fuel economy from current vehicles. That’s why Europe’s fuel economy has plateaued at that level, despite $8 per gallon gas. The 56-mpg-mandate will require a total, top-to-bottom overhaul of cars. Every part of a vehicle from its transmission to its engine would have to be replaced. ‘Even a vehicle’s screws and fasteners would have to be secured with epoxy glue.’”
But wait, there’s more:
“(E)ven the Environmental Protection Agency admits that the market share made up by hybrids and electric plug-ins will have to touch 49 percent if the industry is to come anywhere near compliance. Given that these vehicles now occupy only 3 percent of the market despite hefty subsidies, it is a foregone conclusion that expanding their presence will mean massively expanding subsidies to them.”
So not only can’t automakers meet these standards on their own, but half of all vehicles will need to be toasters that are subsidized by the government.
Do 50 percent of Americans buy toasters?
MYTH: Consumers want increased CAFÉ standards and crave fuel efficiency above all else.
FACT: Consumers are all bark and no bite when it comes to CAFÉ standards.
Despite polls showing that 75 percent of Americans support higher CAFÉ standards, and that 88 percent want the government to immediately increase fuel efficiency mandates, hardly anyone is actually purchasing fuel efficient vehicles:
“At the heart of the issue is consumer choice. Consumers have plenty of vehicles to choose from, including over 160 different models today that get better than 30 mpg. The problem is not the lack of availability but the lack of consumer demand. Only 4 percent of car buyers bought cars getting 30 mpg or better in 2010. While it’s difficult to predict how consumers will react to the regulations, the fact is that consumers have largely demanded bigger automobiles. Toward the end of 2010, even with high gas prices, Chrysler’s sales were boosted by trucks and SUVs.”
Why the disconnect between rhetoric and reality? Very simple, actually:
Progressives have brainwashed Americans into hating the energy companies that provide a huge chunk of our modern standard of living.
From the Daily Finance:
“Many Americans believe there’s magic to fuel economy that the automotive industry is holding back on,” he says. The average person believes it is possible to build vehicles that can achieve, say, 100 mpg, but automakers won’t make them because they are in cahoots with oil companies. Therefore, the reasoning goes, the government must mandate greater fuel efficiency.
“That’s the very ridiculous and naive point of view that most Americans have,” Wolkonowicz says. They don’t grasp that large SUVs, such as General Motors’ Chevrolet Suburban, or full-sized pickup trucks, such as the F-Series made by Ford Motor (F), are simply incapable of achieving 50 mpg.
MYTH: CAFÉ standards pose no physical harm to drivers.
FACT: CAFÉ standards are directly linked to the butchering of tens of thousands of innocent Americans.
Whether it’s making their vehicles smaller or using more plastic and less steel, CAFÉ standards inexorably force automakers to make vehicles that are much less physically safe than they otherwise would have been without the fuel mandates:
(T)o the extent that carmakers have complied with CAFE, it is less through radical innovation and more by simply slashing vehicle weight. In the 15 years after CAFE standards were first introduced in 1974, vehicle weight diminished by 23 percent. But every 100-pound weight reduction results in a 4.7 to 5.6 percent increase in the fatality rate. A 2002 National Academy of Sciences study concluded that CAFE’s downsizing effect contributed to between 1,300 and 2,600 deaths in a single representative year, and to 10 times that many serious injuries.”
The Heartland Institute reports even more heartbreaking numbers:
“A Harvard University/Brookings Institution study put the figure at between 2,200 and 3,900 deaths per year, further determining that between 440 and 780 Americans die for every 100 pounds shaved off vehicle weight. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that since CAFE was first implemented, 46,000 traffic deaths would have been avoided if people were driving heavier cars.”
That’s right, 46,000 innocent people had to be maliciously slaughtered in the name of totalitarian mandates that make the “problem” worse and cause atrocious economic damage.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Motor City, CAFÉ standards are a plainly transparent example of eco-terrorism by the EPA, and to defend either of them is to reject liberty and support tyranny. Apropos:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”-Ronald Reagan