It's easy to find examples of ways Americans disagree on politics (just turn on any cable news channel right now) but here's a curious case of the majority agreeing on one important point: 62 percent of Americans support an increase in the average fuel economy mandate in the U.S. to 60 miles per gallon by 2025.
We've heard rumblings all last month about a faraway CAFE target of 60 miles per gallon by 2025. Turns out, that out-there number might not be as distant as some thought.
President Obama recently announced plans to define fuel economy regulations beyond 2016. He briefly outlined a new plan that would regulate the mileage requirements of cars and light trucks through 2025 and medium- and heavy-duty trucks through 2018. The overall goal of his plan is quite simple: create a national, long-term standard for fuel economy and emissions.
While Sen. Carl Levin bends over backwards to help the Big Three, Sen. Barack Obama thinks a big stick might do the trick. Speaking in Detroit yesterday, Obama said the American auto companies haven't done enough to lessen America's dependence on foreign oil. Stacy Parker Aab, writing at the Huffington Post, was suitably impressed by the speech, not by what Obama said but the way he said it. But I think, coming as it did a day before today's committee vote on CAFE standards, what he said is just