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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 rikulus on 9/15/2011 2:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're right. We should be much more focused on replacing coal power with less polluting alternatives.


RE: absolutely
By invidious on 9/15/2011 3:02:11 PM , Rating: 2
Nuclear power doesn't get Obama reelected, pandering to left wing activists and auto industry lobiests does. At least thats what he hopes.

What I hope is that people vote with their brains next time instead of with their hearts.


RE: absolutely
By Scabies on 9/15/2011 4:54:30 PM , Rating: 4
"Your 2008 vote proved you weren't racist. Vote in 2012 to prove you aren't a moron."
-bumper sticker


RE: absolutely
By Black1969ta on 9/21/2011 3:41:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
"Your 2008 vote proved you weren't racist. Vote in 2012 to prove you aren't a moron." -bumper sticker


If you voted for Obama just because you didn't want friends and family to call you racist, then you voted for him because he's Black, which means you didn't vote for McCain because he was White! So, you are still racist!

Personally, I voted for Obama, I thought about McCain til I found out who his running mate was. I do have to wonder if Hilary would have made a better president than Obama.
Quite frankly, I am looking for a good independent candidate to run, I bet that I'm not the only one But I am fed up with both parties not representing what would benefit this country! Too worried about themselves than my children (all children) the idiocy with the debt ceiling was a prime example, yes it sucked to raise the ceiling, but drawing it out like that just made them both look like Drama Queen Divas, they are supposed to be "OUR" delegates, that means putting aside their own personal feelings. But until we force them to take notice of our feelings they will continue to trample on the things that made this country strong and powerful.


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