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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 Keeir on 9/15/2011 6:38:07 PM , Rating: 2
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Coal powers the majority and pollutes the most. When considering the pollution per watt of coal power, and the pollution to the environment disposal of the complicated batteries... one could argue the electric car is WORSE!


And Oil is magically pumped from the ground, shipped round the world, refined and delievered into your gas tank with no pollution?

Lets be consistent about the level of examination

A. At Car
B. From Transition Source (Power Plant/Refinery)
C. From Ground

Electric Cars (Full or Serial Plug-in) are dramatically better when you fairly compare A, B, or C. If and only if you decide to limit your examination to 50+ year old Coal plants does a Toyota Prius start beating the Electric Car for real pollution, energy efficiency, and C02 emissions. You really have to cherry pick data to show a normal car is better.

US refineries consume non-insignificant amounts of Electricity and Natural Gas.

This study shows amount lost due to heating can be as high as 17% for gasoline. Note: This study did not examine the electrical costs, only the burned fuel.
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