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The discussion aims to map out the future of advanced autos that will abide by the new fuel efficiency standards

Only weeks before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expected to complete the new fuel efficiency standards, the White House will hold a three-hour forum this Wednesday on the future of advanced vehicles.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality will host a forum on Wednesday called "Advanced Vehicles, Driving Growth." The discussion aims to map out the future of advanced autos that will abide by the new fuel efficiency standards.

"The Obama administration is bringing together diverse auto-sector stakeholders at a White House event to celebrate success stories in the remarkable resurgence of the auto industry and spotlight leaders who represent President Obama's vision of out-innovating and out-manufacturing the rest of the world," said Taryn Tuss, White House CEQ spokeswoman.

"In partnership with auto manufacturers, the United Auto Workers, states and environmental stakeholders, the Administration has developed historic fuel efficiency standards that will nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars and light duty trucks by 2025, save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump, and encourage innovation and investment in technologies that increase our economic competitiveness and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

The forum aims to continue taking suggestions for rule changes, mainly from foreign automakers from countries like Germany who feel the rules have been biased toward U.S. automakers.

Last year, major automakers, the state of California, and the White House agreed on the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) proposal for 2017-2025 that would boost fleet wide fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The effort aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the country's dependency on foreign oil.

The new fuel efficiency standards for 2017-2025 will cost the auto industry $157.3 billion and add an extra $2,000 to the sticker price of new autos, but it will save consumers $1.7 trillion at the gas pump.

The NHTSA will finalize the fuel efficiency standards by the end of July 2012.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: foreign oil, eh?
By lagomorpha on 6/26/2012 2:33:55 AM , Rating: 2
swapping places with Saudi Arabia

You mean the nation al-Qaeda received most of its funding from and which has spent billions of dollars exporting Wahhabism? Yeah, no reason we'd want to stop giving them all our money.

RE: foreign oil, eh?
By boeush on 6/26/2012 8:50:02 PM , Rating: 2
Let's not forget Iran and Iraq (yeah, we've no problems with either of those, either... LOL) Not to mention Russia, who's trying hard to come back as the world's premier Evil Empire. And let's recall Venezuela, our more recently made "best friend". Plus all the other petro-dictatorships and military juntas, from Qatar to Sudan to Nigeria and beyond.

Lovely cohort of people for us to be vitally dependent upon.

Not to mention, we've officially hit Peak Oil. From here onward, world demand will continually outstrip supply. Barring severe economic recessions bordering on or morphing into world-spanning depressions, the only direction price of oil is going to go, is up. Even massive recessions/depressions will only have a short-term impact; the long-term trend is indisputable and unsustainable.

And let's not forget that as a country, America is totally bankrupt. And aside from continuing to rack up federal debt, we're also continuing to bleed out hundreds of $Billions per MONTH, in terms of our trade deficits. The latter don't differentiate between Saudi Arabia vs. Canada: a deficit is a deficit, and those be chickens that ALWAYS come home to roost, in the end.

RE: foreign oil, eh?
By lagomorpha on 6/27/2012 4:55:58 AM , Rating: 2
Unlike Greece, American debt is in our own currency so we can always inflate our way out of it. Right? Right?

RE: foreign oil, eh?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/27/2012 1:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention, we've officially hit Peak Oil. From here onward, world demand will continually outstrip supply.

Oh please! We've been at "peak oil" for 30 years now. If I had a dime every time I heard we're at peak oil, I would be rich.

RE: foreign oil, eh?
By boeush on 6/27/2012 6:41:10 PM , Rating: 2
With your attitude and lack of awareness, I doubt you'll ever be rich.

Maybe you haven't heard, but there are about 3+ Billion people in Asia (between China, India, and the rest) who are racing to catch up to U.S. in terms of living standards (and that includes fuel consumption.) That's not counting Latin America, and inevitably (sooner or later) Africa. If you are fantasizing about this burgeoning demand being met by the falsely inflated reserves of OPEC, prepare yourself for a major let-down. And if you think it's going to be fulfilled by shale oil, tar sands, gas-to-liquids, coal-to-oil, or ultra-deep oceanic wells, prepare to pay $200/barrel in a not-too-distant future.

That's what Peak Oil means. It doesn't mean oil is suddenly going to vanish from the world. It means the price of oil world-wide is going to continue trending like this:

-- because all the cheap and high-quality sources are either dry or running down, and all the remaining ones are increasingly expensive to get at and refine. Additionally, the world will struggle just to maintain the current levels of production (replacing the depleting sources with new sources), even while world-wide demand continues to explode.

By the way, the last time oil prices were anywhere close to as high, was during the Iran Oil Crisis back in the 1970's.

In your highly educated and obviously non-brainwashed opinion, what's the excuse today?

"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

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