Natural Resources Defense Council Claims $68 Billion Annual Savings When US Cars Get 54.5 MPG Standard: Raise CAFE Standards?

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Do you support high Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE: regulations in the United States, first enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1975)?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 19, 2012) Drivers will save $68 billion in fuel costs annually when everyone gets a 54.5 miles-per-gallon car in 2030, according to a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
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  • Michael 2012/04/24 00:33:00
    No reqirement.
  • S. Gompers 2012/04/22 13:23:16
    S. Gompers
    If you got a car that gets 1,000,000 miles to the gallon, gas will cost 10,000 a gallon. Increasing fuel standards to "save money" will not get the Sheiks to hock their golden toilets at the pawn shop.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/04/21 18:36:32
  • Boris D. 2012/04/21 02:12:18 (edited)
    Low CAFE Standards
    Boris D.
    Depending on which study you choose, the total number of deaths caused by this government madate ranges from 41,600 to 124,800 and those are old numbers.

    Not to mention the added expense for auto companies and consumers.

    "According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate, implementing the change cost American consumers over $6.71 billion in added vehicle expenses from 2007-2011. Yet the fuel savings was a mere 0.44 billion gallons of gasoline annually."
  • Quazimoto 2012/04/21 00:32:29
    What's next 100 MPG standard. Any time government gets involved with anything it's half as efficient and cost twice as much as if it came from the private sector.
  • CREW grand 2012/04/20 22:20:35
    Low CAFE Standards
    CREW grand
    We could save a lot more if we got all the bad drivers off the road and forced them onto public transportation.

  • les_gvt 2012/04/20 22:13:16
    Great- just never take the kids grocery shopping with you- someone/thing will not make it home
    kids grocery shopping someonething home
    maybe we should all just get a moped

    kids grocery shopping someonething home moped
  • DuncanONeil 2012/04/20 22:01:46
    Not by Government fiat!
  • gr8punkin 2012/04/20 21:25:27
    There are two major problems with the government forcing the issue, first is the cost of fuel will go up to match the fuel saved so the annual saving line is just a line. The truth is it will cost more since as the price of fuel increases the cost of consumer goods increases, thus the high cafe standards will have a net negative on dollar savings.
    Second when technology is pushed by an outside source that isn't the consumer quality suffers, consumers will likely see fuel efficient cars that are not comfortable or reliable. Eventually the technology will catch up meeting both the demand of the consumer and the demand for efficiency. But the interim will be some unfortunate years for the US auto consumer.
    Just my $0.02.
  • frank 2012/04/20 20:19:31
    High CAFE Standards
    Just remember that as MPH increases the price of gas will increase.
  • sjalan 2012/04/20 20:16:24
    High CAFE Standards
    The more we conserve the natural resources we have the better off our future will be IF we can keep them from being exported out of North America
  • Old Salt 2012/04/20 19:39:39
    High CAFE Standards
    Old Salt
    It's a no-brainer. If you don't understand why, you won't understand the explanation.
  • Boris D. Old Salt 2012/04/21 00:28:47
    Boris D.
    Smaller lighter cars cause more DEATHS!
  • Steve Boris D. 2012/04/21 00:38:14
    Airbags and seat belts are far more important than driving around a lot of excess vehicle weight.
  • Boris D. Steve 2012/04/21 00:43:57
    Boris D.
    It is a fact that it causes more deaths, with or without seatbelts.
  • les_gvt Steve 2012/04/21 00:55:43
    remember that next time a semi is headed at you
  • les_gvt Old Salt 2012/04/21 00:57:12
    if you want oil- drill here

    If you are afraid of CO2, put down the Coke, Pepsi, Bud and Mich
  • Boris D. Old Salt 2012/04/22 21:48:32
    Boris D.
    I'm still waiting for the explanation why saving gas is more important than saving lives.
  • bob 2012/04/20 19:29:02
    Just wave the wand and say 500 mpg and be done with it
  • Lester 2012/04/20 19:16:56
    High CAFE Standards
    CAFE standards should continue to increase as technology advances.
  • Boris D. Lester 2012/04/21 01:55:40 (edited)
    Boris D.
    Meanwhile, the government mandate drives up the cost and leads to more deaths.

    Obama wants green energy too, but the technology is not there yet, so he squanders away hundred of billions of our money into failed cronie companies.
  • Lester Boris D. 2012/04/21 14:57:39
    Government safety standards have saved untold numbers of lives: just requiring seatbelts have saved millions.

    Yes, Obama wants government investment to commercialize green energy. That contrasts with Bush and the Republicans, who refused to invest in the commercialization of Li-ion car batteries, and now we're paying the price: Japan, South Korea, and China control over 90% of the market, with the US having only a measly 2%.

    Its obvious from the marketplace: unless US companies get government support, they can't compete with Asian competitors who get massive government subsidies.
  • Boris D. Lester 2012/04/22 16:13:17 (edited)
    Boris D.
    I'm not talking about seat belts, you are.
    The government is disregarding the safety of automobiles by enforcing CAFE standards, which has lead to the deaths of tens of thousands.
  • Charles E 2012/04/20 19:11:19
    Charles E
    The Natural Resource Defense Council will say anything to slow or halt technological change. If it will move us closer to living in caves and scrounging for our next meal, they are for it.
  • Cordingly 2012/04/20 18:59:09
    High CAFE Standards
    I get why people would be a little upset about raising standards, but as upset as most people here are, I think they're ignoring the benefits and simply upset at the idea of having to DO something, let alone anything.
  • Louis Contreras 2012/04/20 18:40:59
    Louis Contreras
    Think of the money that could be saved if we raised the standard to 200 MPG. We could pay off the national debt in a couple of years.
  • Ahrtal 2012/04/20 18:38:00
    And how many of us can afford the Chevy Dolt at ca. $33K a pop and 40 mpr (Miles per Recharge). Yeah, I want one, NOW! This is such BS. All it will do is make cars luxury items for the ruling class. We won't be able to have horse and buggies because of bio-emissions, so us serfs will be riding bikes or walking. If the environmentalists had their druthers, the human race would be eradicated and the world left to the animals.
  • Charles E Ahrtal 2012/04/20 19:13:06
    Charles E
    You understand them better than they like.
  • Chef Bunyan 2012/04/20 18:35:25
    Chef Bunyan
  • heirsoftheking 2012/04/20 18:33:14
    What kind of power does a 54.5 MPG car get? I've been delivering phone books the last few days. They can weigh thousands of pounds when your vehicle is fully loaded.
  • Charles E heirsof... 2012/04/20 19:14:31
    Charles E
    Two seats and if you want two people they had both better weigh under 120 pounds
  • fortycal_sig 2012/04/20 18:24:42
  • relic 2012/04/20 18:21:38
    Mandating 100 MPG doesn't make it happen. CAFE Standards have exceeded what is possible.
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2012/04/20 18:20:05
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    Pipe dreams are so much fun, eh? If gas was free, we'd save even more. If cars flew and used no fuel, we'd save tons of money. But to achieve 54.5 mpg, we'd all have to drive Chevy Dolts... and turn them in for another whenever and wherever they ran out of juice to drive another honor-system fleet car... hopefully reaching our destination someday.
  • S and S 2012/04/20 18:19:52
  • firelooker 2012/04/20 18:17:20
    Having a car that gets 54 MPG is nice but not everyone can afford twenty to fifty thousand for a new car! I damn sure can't and both my vehicles are paid for.
  • Striker 2012/04/20 18:12:38
    May my v8 pickup survive for the rest of my years
  • John Storz 2012/04/20 18:11:06
    John Storz
    There's no real way to calculate the savings...
  • firelooker John Storz 2012/04/20 18:19:05
    They say it will take 30 years to reap enough savings to pay for a new electric car, but that's not counting having to replace the battery!
  • John Storz firelooker 2012/04/20 18:21:46
    John Storz
    "They" say a lot of crap.
    Electric cars are a lie, in addition to actually leaving a bigger carbon footprint than a '57 Chevy, they have an additional anti humanitarian aspect about them that no one talks about.

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