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Automakers claim new fuel economy ratings will put hundreds of thousands out of work  (Source: Business Week)
Supporters of increased efficiency standards claim the numbers are inflated

The battle between the auto industry and the federal government over changes to fuel economy regulations is exploding. Lawmakers in Washington want to impose much more efficient standards on future vehicles that could see a fleet wide fuel economy average of 62 mpg in effect by 2025.

Some in the automotive industry argue that the costs to reach the lofty 62 mpg fleet wide average will be much higher than the cost of burning more fuel in less efficient vehicles for consumers. Automakers have previously claimed that the costs would have a dire impact on the industry.

new study by the Center for Automotive Research has been published and the study claims that the rise in efficiency standards by 2025 to 62 mpg could add up to $9,790 to the cost of a new vehicle and will reduce sales by 5.5 million units. The report also claims that the resultant price increase would force a reduction of 260,000 automotive industry jobs due to reduced demand for vehicles by consumers.

On the other side of the battle, those pushing for the increased efficiency standards claim that the tech needed to meet the efficiency standards would only add $770 to $3,500 to the price of a new vehicle.

David Friedman, deputy director of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Clean Vehicles program and supporter of the new efficiency mandate, said, "The Obama administration should ignore this industry-advocate propaganda piece and focus on setting the strongest vehicle efficiency and global warming pollution standards based on credible scientific analysis."

President and CEO of the Union, Jay Baron, says that the main difference in cost between the industry and government studies depends on how much the price of the technology will come down over the next 15 years.

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RE: So what
By FITCamaro on 6/15/2011 4:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would be best if China (and others) are utterly F*cked when the oil runs out while we chug along using solutions we sacrificed to develop today.

If we invest in the RIGHT solutions, we won't have to worry about much change or running out.

Biofuels (algae based diesel or gasoline) can replace fossil fuels for vehicles. Yes that doesn't help us for things like plastic and tires though.

And China can easily switch to electric since they have the resources to make the cars and don't have the hippies protesting nuclear power there.

RE: So what
By Nutzo on 6/15/2011 6:21:51 PM , Rating: 2
China is building hydro-electric plants, and will build nuclear as needed. No need to spend millions in studies just to have the approval overturned by some liberal judge at the last minute.

RE: So what
By Spuke on 6/16/2011 12:43:56 AM , Rating: 2
And China can easily switch to electric since they have the resources to make the cars and don't have the hippies protesting nuclear power there.
As their population grows and becomes more "involved" in their market, it will be harder and more expensive for them to switch. If they were smart, they'd skip oil and go for electric now. But they're going to be just as entrenched (probably more so) as everyone else. All IMO.

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