Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CAFE Consequences

Does Obama really believe this stuff, or is he just grasping for more control?

The proposed CAFE standards will not reduce gasoline consumption, it will probably increase consumption as the marginal utility of gasoline will be higher. So, no joy on the whole carbon output thing.

And with the higher marginal utility of fuel, people will commute farther to work. More cars on the road. More congestion. More infrastructure wear and tear.

More sprawl. More urban flight.

More traffic fatalities, possibly more Americans killed per year than in six years of the Iraq war. (h/t AoSHQ)

That's not to say there won't be some good that will come of this, just that there's a whole crapload of bad that is part and parcel with this mandate, and it really won't address what they're telling us it will address - carbon output.

I take little comfort from the fact that the auto companies "agreed" to the new CAFE standards since two of the Big Three are wards of the state.

No, this appears to be a power grab -- a way to force people to buy cars they wouldn't otherwise want to buy in order to satisfy political dogma.

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