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I ran across this in Scitizen:
On May 19, President Obama announced a comprehensive framework for vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions. While I'm not sure I'd go quite as far as one Congressman, who compared it to solving the "energy and economic policy equivalent of a Rubik's Cube", this represents an important step for reducing our oil imports and improving our energy security. At the same time, the corporate average fuel economy standard (CAFE) remains more of a goal and tracking system than a mandate with sharp teeth.The article went on to say that it was really a wonderful requirement.
By itself, a stricter CAFE won't force Americans to buy different cars, though it will doubtless alter the slate of choices available to them. It's also a little less clear that this measure is quite such a big win on climate policy, as I'll explain, though it does neatly finesse California's emissions-based request for a precedent-setting waiver to effectively set its own CAFE standard. Car companies may not be delighted to have to deliver an average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016, but they must be relieved to face one consistent set of rules in all 50 US states.
All in all, I regard the new CAFE standard as a positive development, although it doesn't stand on its own. The specifics of how it will be enforced will ultimately determine its success in altering the car-buying habits of Americans.Well, here's a proposal:
Require all government cars used for transportation of people... including the President of the United States... to meet 2016 average fleet CAFE requirements.That includes limos and Secret Service SUVs. No exceptions or deferrals.
If the government can't live within the mandates, then no one else should have to.
Now let's talk about Congress using the same "universal health care" system that they are proposing for everyone else....