Detroit owes us better mileage

Discussion in 'In the News' started by ALS, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    [​IMG] Fortunately, this is auto mechanics, not rocket science. The automakers have the improved engines, transmissions and aerodynamics to safely meet the stringent new standards.They have been on Detroit shelves for years.

    [FIMG=LEFT]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/Gasoline_Prices_3_09.jpg[/FIMG]Dan Becker, And James Gerstenzang - USATODAY - August 20, 2012

    When President Obama signs tough new auto mileage and emissions standards in coming days, the United States will take the biggest single step of any nation to combat global warming. It's a great deal, but automakers must behave responsibly. If they shun their gas-guzzling ways, they can assure its success.

    That means new car gas mileage will nearly double by 2025 to 54.5 mpg from current mileage.

    Because better mileage means saving money at the pump, consumers will come out ahead by at least $8,000 per car compared with vehicles on the road today, even after paying the cost of gas-saving technology. The program will halve emissions of carbon dioxide, the biggest contributor to climate change, and cut our risky reliance on oil oligarchs. And, it will create jobs — 570,000 by 2030, according to the Blue-Green Alliance, a labor and environmental coalition.... [RM]http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-08-20/detroit-gas-standards-obama/57141026/1?loc=interstitialskip[/RM]
     
  2. CRT1

    CRT1 Newbie McNewbster

    USA Today is the only paper that makes you dumber for having have read it . .

    That said, yes, Detroit better get their act together because the new CAFE standards are sink or swim.
     
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Very few papers make you smarter.. its the typical liberal viewpoint that people are too stupid to make the right choice so the government will do it for them. The usual liberal disdain for the lower classes. Its not a racial thing but a type of mental attitude.. the best examples become part of the liberal elite or just enrich the ranks of the republican base. That does not mean all republicans are smart.

    Everyone has different priorities and no one should have the power to impose their priorities on others.. its a power the government has that should not be used too often.
     
  4. moneysaver

    moneysaver Well-Known Member

    Herm,
    This has nothing to do with liberal elite or republican riches....

    This is about shady journalism and people given access to media outlets, where it should not be given. This type of piece wouldn't even get a passing grade in the journalism class in most universities.

    Heck, I am in healthcare, but know more about the topic than the author who wrote this article....

    As for the mileage and Detroit not providing better MPG and others doing it ( as the article implies), its the market place that dictates what they make... If the Joe six pack weren't so keen on buying truck as family car to keep up with Jim.... there wouldn't be demand for FSP, as there was a decade ago....
     
  5. booferama

    booferama He who posts articles

    The Washington Times would like a word with you.
     
  6. moneysaver

    moneysaver Well-Known Member

    hahahahaha...... Nice one.....
     
  7. CPLTECH

    CPLTECH Well-Known Member

    When vehicles get improved mileage (which is a good thing) the price of fuel is bound to go up for two reasons:

    Currently, Uncle Sam is complaining that there is not enough money to cover bridge & road upkeep/replacement due to lowered consumption. So expect tax increases.

    Every company or business has fixed expenses and labor that is spread out across the product line. If unit sales are down, how else can they recoup everyday expenditures without raising prices? Several refineries have been idled, but still no reduction in price per gallon. Think of the electric utilities. Everyone goes out & buys energy-saving products & KWH usage goes down. Utilities go & cry to the state PUCO for increased rates & your overall bill stays the same or increases.

    Now if we just had one of those early Model T’s that had dual fuel capability (gas or alcohol) we could make our own fuel out in the shed…
     
  8. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    You dont want to go into Carcus shed, he makes biomethane!, the smell is awe inspiring.
     

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