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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: Because who knows better
By FaaR on 6/15/2011 5:17:36 PM , Rating: -1
The so-called "free market" is crap at deciding anything, all it's good for is making as much money as possible for the people up on top, nothing else. You as a "consumer" (not, I note, a human being, person, anything like that, just a mindless buying-drone "consumer") don't get better or even neccessarily cheaper products as a result of the "free market".

It's a gigantic hoax indoctrinated upon the consumer sheeple by rightwing think-tanks, lobbyists and other big industry quislings that the "free market" is the best answer to...well basically anything.

If it was up to the "free market", cars wouldn't even have seatbelts, airbags or anything like that, because they just make cars more expensive and put people out of a job. The car industry kicked and screamed and cried bitter crocodile tears just like they do now with fuel economy against having to develop cars that don't actually actively kill their occupants in the event of a collision.

Don't be a brainless zombie "consumer", don't fall for the "free market" bullshit. What would you rather have, somewhat cheaper cars that fart out lots of polluting exhaust fumes, or cities that have air that that's actually fit for human beings to breathe? Your choice - although I'm sure sheeple like you would choose cheaper over wiser though.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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