Republican Party Asks Obama to Delay Introduction of Stricter Fuel Efficiency Standards
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The deadline for reaching a decision on the matter was supposed to have been met this Wednesday, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) apparently decided not to push forth with it at this time.
The three legislators behind the push for procrastination say that "Higher fuel efficiency standards is a goal I share—but not at the expense of consumer safety and not when those rules are implemented under a cloak of secrecy in a manner outside the law. The process followed by Obama administration officials to develop these standards was politicized, not rooted in sound science and was a political end run around seasoned experts who are required by law to lead the process."
However, we say the main reason is the astronomical cost and the strain it would put on the automakers - $157- (€125-) billion to be spent. However, it would have a massive positive impact on the population, with savings of $1.7- (€1.35-) trillion in smaller fuel bills.
The downside to all of this is that by 2025, some $2,000 (€1,590) would be added to the price of each new car, but then again, that’s 13 years away. Why not increase the standard of living until then, as well as the average revenue that people get, so that nobody will care about the $2,000 (€1,590) price increase and we will al get to drive cleaner and safer cars.
Story via detroitnews.com
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