• Jun 22, 2006

Four US Senators took to the microphone yesterday to accuse Detroit of "stonewalling" and "getting into a bunker mentality" when it comes to providing vehicles with better fuel economy. Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin, Olympia Snowe, and Lincoln Chafee are sponsoring a bill they call "Ten in Ten" that would call for increasing the fleetwide Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) to 37 MPG by 2017 - trucks and all. Also included is a requirement for on-board mileage displays by 2013. The proposal is said to save up to 2.5M barrels of oil each day. Manufacturers who could not comply with the new standards would be allowed to purchase credits from those who exceed the fleet mileage requirements.

Chrysler's VP of communications Jason Vines has already fired back, stating that the proposal isn't technically feasible and that automakers would already be making mainstream vehicles with better fuel economy if they could. Toyota's Jo Cooper also voiced concerns about the proposal, stating that the increased requirements don't "sound like much, but that's a huge leap forward".

[Source: Detroit News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      We are not paying the true cost of gasoline now we are putting it on our credit card. We import and are presently spending 8 billion a month average for the war in Iraq. We have spent 316 billion just in Iraq. While technically we made money on the first Gulf war we have had to pay to keep the military in the Middle East since then

      Whether you believe we invaded Iraq and saved Kuwaite over oil or not; the fact is that if there was not oil in the Middle east the terrorist biggest issue every morning would be how crank their camel, not bombing the USA.

      I would much rather pay 1 to 2 dollars per gallon tax than pay to send US troops to middle east. Also gas being cheaper has led to a society in this country of living in the burbs. This has resulted in greater gas consumption. When everyone was buying SUV's the reason given was room and safety. I challenge you to see how amny SUV's on teh road even have two people in them most fo the time and reason for the safety misconception was because they did not want to be in a small car when they got hit by an idiot driving an SUV.

      I am not a liberal but I am a realist. Everything is about economics and lets face it we are not paying the true cost but putting it on the Credit Card.

      Stedwoo

      Stedwoo
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fuel economy hasn't been an issue for years until the sharp nearly doubling of gasoline prices over the past 3 years.

      A recent article in "The Wall Street Journal" noted increased use of public transportation as people choose to cut back commute driving in their SUVs and other uneconomical cars.

      Some relatively powerful cars don't use much more gas than less powerful ones--a new V6 Chevy Malibu is said to get slightly BETTER gas mileage than the 4 cylinder model.

      Unless you're pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads, any of today's mid-sized cars are more than adequately powered with their 4 cylinder engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Matt, you need to read the article again... or double-check your understanding of the word "huge" ;)

      Here's the Toyota rep's (Jo Cooper) quote:

      "That's a huge number. It doesn't sound like much, but that's a huge leap forward," Cooper said. "Those kinds of changes would require a fundamental shift in the vehicle makeup of this country."

      Yes, even Toyota is subject to the laws of physics.
      Frank
      • 8 Years Ago
      These people are idiots!!! If GM was capable of doing that and blowing toyota out the water YOU DONT THINK THEY WOULD!!!! When are the next elections?
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      The senate should shut down the US auto industry and any other american company with sales greater than $10 million. The world and the country will be a better and cleaner place.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The four stooges speak up again. All they needed was Kerry to chime in with a plan and it would have been complete. I agree with #3 ... no way they could armor a Toyota Corolla for protection and have them drive home.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The United Kingdom averages for all 2005 rated vehicles are; City 20.9; Highway 36.5 mpg in U.S. measurements. These aren't very far off the senators' proposal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait, wait. How in the world is BETTER fuel economy a BAD thing? It's obvious that the industry as a whole hasn't been able to take care of things itself, so this is absolutely a case where the gov'mint should step in on behalf of drivers/constituents.

      I just can't understand why better fuel economy is bad. Educated responses are welcomed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Funny how you read comments on articles like this and everyone assume's it's those darn liberal democrats spoling the party again. If you read the actual article you'll see 2 of the 4 are actually Republicans.
      DriftPunch
      • 8 Years Ago
      DiFi has to find a new windmill to tilt now that people are bored with her crusade a against guns...

      Like another poster suggested, fuel efficient cars are flying off the shelves right now. The market is doing that thing it does so well...

      A problem with '37 mpg or die' lifestyle crowd, is that they are mostly urbanites and have a bone to pick with people who live in suburban or rual settings. An attack on transportation distance or choice is an excellent way to put a thumb in the eye of those whom they think made the wrong choice of zipcode.

      The best rebuttal to someone who uses the 'energy usage attack' is to ask if they have turned their thermostat way up in the summer, or way down in the winter. If they respond with a yes, congratulate them on being consistent. If they answer no, f-em.

      Spare me the oil is different argument...




      • 8 Years Ago
      "They're called liberals and they can't even understand the most basic concepts of physics and ecenomics. They only think with their hearts and go with what makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside."

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      The above is correct and I wonder whether most liberal Democrats ever took a class in Economics 101.

      These people don't understand the unintended consequences of bad laws and that Democrat policies often do harm to the very people they're trying to help.

      They believe in taxing the hell out of success, then don't understand that punishing success reduces incentives for creating wealth.

      They think it's compassionate to raise the minimum wage which is a job-killer that cuts young trainees out of oportunities to learn skills.

      They believe that they never have enough of your money. They could spend 100% of tax reciepts on education and it still wouldn't be enough, yet they won't allow school choice that introduces competition to public education and improves lousy public schools.

      Why? Because the liberal Democrats are a 50% owned subsidiary of teachers unions who care nothing about kids and everything about working a 9 month year at a more than adequate salary, yet still complain that "teachers are soooooo underpaid!"

      And legal reform? Forget that because the other 50% of the Democrat Party is owned by trial lawyers.

      It's unfortunate that Republicans include religious fanatics who make too much of a deal over social issues when it's the economic issues that really matter.

      Although my comments are somewhat off topic, the do-gooding by these silly Democrats can only make matters worse for the domestic auto industry whose union employees, mostly Democrats, blindly agree with them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I love it. If I understand it correctly, the Toyota guy says that the increase request wasn't very big. That's hillarious.

      Senators don't need to kill Detroit. It's been taking care of that by itself for 30 years.

      Of course, higher mileage concerns play right into Toyota's court. Toyota, Honda, and other non-US companies are the only ones that can make a profit on small cars.

      Everyone can make a profit on trucks, but it's a trick to sell Japanese trucks to rednecks. You gotta be very slow about it, inching up a little every year.
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