UAW Head Ron Gettelfinger on fuel mileage regulations

The UAW has already gone on record as supporting the newer (and lower) bipartisan bill which would raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards by 28 to 40 percent. This alternative bill would require cars to average fuel economy of 36 miles per gallon by 2022 with light trucks being required to meet 30 miles per gallon by 2025. This standard is being hailed as tough but reachable, while other bills are being deemed impossible, despite the differences being only a few miles per gallon higher and a few years sooner.

Ron Gettelfinger has posted his view here. The posting is part of a column which you can find at The Detroit News. Gettelfinger points out that there are many other industries which should also be impacted by any rules changes to better the environment. This argument certainly has merit, although that does not mean that cars should be left out of the equation. I hope that by 2022 the standards will be much easier to meet with electric cars being more mainstream. Biofuels also hold out hopes of lowering the carbon emissions from automobiles. Should so much effort be spent fighting these standards, or should that effort be spent on finding alternatives to fossil fuels entirely? Yeah, yeah, yeah... we all already know the answer to that one!

[Source: Ron Gettelfinger / The Detroit News]

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