Regulation: The administration announced Tuesday that it wants to increase car mileage standards. That will cause an inevitable increase in carnage on our highways, and could kill a car company or two.
Washington began imposing fuel mileage standards on cars sold in this country in the 1970s, and the urge to regulate has not abated.
Congress last reset the corporate-average fuel economy standard in 2007, passing a bill — signed by President Bush — requiring automakers to increase their fleetwide average, including minivans, SUVs and pickup trucks, to 35 mpg by 2020.
That’s not good enough for the White House. It announced Tuesday that it will seek regulatory authority to impose a new standard of 35.5 mpg by 2016 and, for the first time, limits (a 30% reduction) on car greenhouse gas emissions.
The cost of this luxury will be steep:
With this initiative, Washington is yet again trying to force a solution for problems that don’t exist — or wouldn’t if government would get out of the way.
What’s the value of saving 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the program, as the administration claims the standards will? By simply opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to the drill, we would have more far more than that in the pipeline. A U.S. Geological Survey estimate indicates that ANWR could hold as much as 17 billion barrels of recoverable oil.
And what are the benefits of removing 900 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air? This is a useless exercise. Carbon is a naturally occurring element and a weak greenhouse gas.
Man contributes less than 4% of the total volume of CO2, which itself makes up just 0.038% of the atmosphere. It’s a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction.
Americans don’t need their government dictating what kind of vehicles they’ll drive. Yet Washington is busy taking over automakers and imposing its will on car design. Eventually, every car made in Detroit will have only Reverse and no Drive in its transmission to reflect government’s forced direction on the industry.