Source: Detroit News
quote: After enduring 40 consecutive months of higher than 8 percent unemployment, we cannot afford the EPA's continued expansion of red tape that is slowing economic growth and threatening to entangle millions of small businesses.
quote: AND I do not believe for one second that just implementing these requirements alone will raise the price of the average car by $5,000.
quote: I really am against ethanol crap but am also against people that just make up things or post uneducated nonsense.
quote: Converting an engine to use a higher than the 10-15% ethanol mix in some gas today would cost about $150 per vehicle if not less.
quote: Aerodynamics can be optimized- but then every car would start to look the same. I don't think the average consumer is going to be happy buying cars with few distinguishing features.
quote: However when faced with increased gas prices people had to make a choice based on fuel efficiency.
quote: However given the choice of 2 evils , I'd rather see a higher fuel tax before mandated MPG's.
quote: You are dreaming my friend. Peak oil will occur within the next 20 years
quote: You are dreaming my friend. Peak oil will occur within the next 20 years, simply because production has flatlined and demand is rising exponentially.
quote: Harder to reach oil sources necessitate higher "base" prices for the oilco's to make a profit on them as well; thats one reason why we don't see prices down in the $2.50 range anymore.
quote: And lets face it: Demand for higher MPG only occurs when the cost of gas goes up. By then, its too late to do anything about it, costing hundreds in billions in lost economic growth in the process.
quote: Finally, fixing the speculation problem would cut gas prices in half.
quote: This was the same argument used before against the Prius when it came out. No one would buy because it was a dull looking vehicle. However when faced with increased gas prices people had to make a choice based on fuel efficiency. This might even come down to having a commuter vehicle that is dull and a weekend vehicle that is fun and sporty.
quote: Hybrids do not offer a significant fuel economy or emissions benefit over standard gas vehicles designed for fuel economy.
quote: worse because the the chemicals in their battery packs is far more toxic than the minimal reduction in emissions and they STILL use fuel
quote: Also, have fun with your hybrid in the winter...nobody seems to mention that their efficiency plummets in cold weather, meanwhile something like the Chevy Cruze will maintain its relatively high fuel efficiency.
quote: Really? On the contrary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySR0flj6QnQ
quote: Flat out wrong. For example NiMh batteries are not considered toxic, and the Prius uses FAR LESS fuel than other cars in the same category.
quote: Absolutely BS! Latest HSD hybrids are much more cold resistant than non-hybrids counterparts thanks to EGR which greatly improves efficinency in cold climate.
quote: Plain and simple, you don't know sh1t about cars and you are a clueless moron regarding this topic.
quote: Decreasing vehicle weight isn't possible without moving to exotic/expensive materials (aluminum frames, carbon fiber panels)
quote: Does anyone think they can't, if they really try, come up with more energy efficient (no matter what the energy: gas, diesel, hydrogen, electric, etc.) methodologies and technologies to do this more inexpensively than today by 2025?
quote: How does the implementation of these standards "entangle millions of small businesses"? How does the implementation of these standards hinder job growth?
quote: The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers -- a trade group that represents the big three in Detroit along with Toyota, Volkswagen, and several older automakers -- supported the EPA and the Obama Administration’s fuel economy proposal. Alliance spokeswoman Gloria Berquest said, "We supported upholding 2012-16, since we are already building more fuel-efficient autos to meet these standards."
quote: AND I do not believe for one second that just implementing these requirements alone will raise the price of the average car by $5,000. Technology advances. We're talking 13 years from now. Does anyone think they can't, if they really try, come up with more energy efficient (no matter what the energy: gas, diesel, hydrogen, electric, etc.) methodologies and technologies to do this more inexpensively than today by 2025?
quote: You realize how out of tune with reality your post is? Government mandates ALWAYS cost us more money. But in this case we have a very easily quantifiable way to prove it. Do you see any $20-30k vehicles that meet these standards? No, not even close.