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Some government officials warn that pushing manufacturers to produce EVs will take away access to cheaper hybrids, diesels. Tesla Model S pictured above.  (Source: Tesla Motors)
All lawmakers in Washington aren't behind Obama's proposed CAFE standards

One of President Obama's many focuses these days seems to be ensuring that the U.S. has less dependence on foreign oil than it has today by time he leaves office. The Obama administration has been working hard with states and automakers to come to agreement on the CAFE regulations that will govern the required fleet wide fuel economy figures in the future.

The final standard that Obama is wanting forces a fleetwide average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025. That doesn't count heavy-duty trucks though; those types of vehicles have separate fuel economy standards to adhere too. This week, John D. Graham, who headed the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2001-2006, said that the Obama administration is overstating the benefits of the 54.5mpg fleetwide average.

Graham also criticized the plan to give automakers credits for building electric vehicles and failed to take into account the impact of generating the electricity the vehicles use. Graham also claims that Obama is overstating the long-term benefits of the increased fuel economy standards and is forecasting higher fuel prices than what the Energy Information Agency is predicting.

Graham is not alone in making claims that the CAFE standards aren't going to do what the Obama administration is claiming. Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, went so far as to claim that giving double credits to automakers for EVs is akin to "fudging the numbers." Issa claims that automakers might be forced into building EVs at the expense of clean diesel or hybrid vehicles.

Starting in 2017, automakers will be able to use credits on EVs for less efficient vehicles in their fleet. Rep. Mike Kelly (R, PA) went so far as to say the 54.5mpg requirement would harm consumer choice and put the future of private transportation at risk.

"We're picking and choosing what people are allowed to drive and not drive or purchase," Kelly warned.

Graham echoed that statement, adding, "[One key issue for regulators] is whether the quest for more energy savings will inadvertently hurt consumers by causing vehicle manufacturers to produce cars and trucks that do not satisfy customer preferences for vehicle size, performance and/or safety.”

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RE: absolutely
By phantom505 on 9/15/2011 1:28:44 PM , Rating: -1
Point sources of pollution are easier to control and regulate. Electric engines are much more efficient power wise.

Pollution = bad. Having to fight WW3 over oil = worse. Clean water and air = good.

I am inviting you to move to a country of your choosing that you think will make you happy. You obviously hate this country since your interests are far superior than the interests of the country. Last I checked, your money said "United States Federal Reserve". I think you should give it back since you hate us so much.

RE: absolutely
By Iaiken on 9/15/2011 2:26:10 PM , Rating: 5
your money said "United States Federal Reserve"

Funny you should mention that. The "Federal Reserve" is neither Federal, nor does it operate on more than an 8% fractional reserve. The "United States Federal Reserve" is a private corporation whose stakeholders are not subject to a freedom of information act request.

The last government issued currency in the US was the Greenback. These were bills of credit that were born unto the market without the burden of interest.

RE: absolutely
By bjacobson on 9/16/2011 8:31:12 PM , Rating: 1
all this helps, but any system fueled by greed is doomed to fail eventually.

RE: absolutely
By Targon on 9/17/2011 5:52:36 AM , Rating: 2
Just about everything is fueled by a desire for "more" than the individual currently has. All currencies start with the idea that it is better to have a standard object to trade for goods than to have individual bartering for every transaction.

So, greed is what makes people go to work every day, because they WANT to keep what they currently have, plus hopefully get more than they currently have. Being focused on currency, without the understanding about WHY currency is even useful is where problems enter the picture.

RE: absolutely
By tastyratz on 9/15/2011 3:31:37 PM , Rating: 3
My apologies, I didn't realize patriotism didn't involve questioning your government.

Point sources are easy to regulate, but with lack of current nuclear incentive and burden of deployment you don't exactly see many avenues for cost effective energy efficient green alternatives, do you? And do you think that the energy it takes at the plant is even close to the amount of energy that reaches your home or charging station?

Do you think this country was FOUNDED on the backs of those whom did not question those in power or demanded better?

I guess I do suppose the statement rings true: ignorance is bliss

RE: absolutely
By Wulf145 on 9/16/2011 6:12:14 AM , Rating: 3
"I am inviting you to move to a country of your choosing that you think will make you happy. You obviously hate this country since your interests are far superior than the interests of the country. Last I checked, your money said "United States Federal Reserve". I think you should give it back since you hate us so much. "

So this is the 'new' USA? Disagree with the policy of the President/Government and you shall be stripped of your assets and 'invited' to go into exile?

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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