New American Fuel Efficient Standards Still A Joke

The king of all gas-guzzler vehicles, the Hummer.

The king of all gas-guzzler vehicles, the Hummer.

President Barack Obama ordered Thursday that some $210 million dollars from the stimulus package be spend on buying more fuel efficient government vehicles from our American automakers. But are we going to get a big bang for our buck with more “fuel efficient” American vehicles? No, and here is why:

The new fuel efficient requirements that the government has proposed for General Motors and the rest of our US automakers are ridiculously low. To set the “new” fuel efficient standards to least 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 it’s laughable and sad at the same time. American cars can do better and we should lead the world in adopting fuel efficient technologies that are going to put a stop to global warming. Unfortunately, the oil lobby in Washington, D.C. has a good hold on our politicians, including the White House.

The big oil companies have conspired with our automobile industry to create cars and trucks that burn lots of gas because the more money Americans spend on gas the more money oil companies make. Trying to save our world from warmer temperatures is the last thing in the minds of oil executives. Their priority has been to dine and wine our politicians and discourage them from passing tougher fuel efficient standards at the cost of our planet.

The current Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations for cars is only 27.5 mpg — in Japan the standard is 42.6 mpg and in Europe its 43.3 mpg. Our American cars are the most fuel inefficient cars in the world! No one should wonder why the oil companies are so rich because it’s quite obvious what’s going on here.

American oil giants such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips should be ashamed of themselves for ripping off our American people. These companies have been obstacles to progress — obstacles to creating greener technology that would require less fossil fuels. All these years our inefficient American cars have been contaminating our environment unnecessarily. These cars have been burning gas for no reason while the oil companies and their pawns in Congress have blocked legislation to improve fuel efficiency.

In the end the ones getting badly screwed were GM and Chrysler because the American consumer grew tired of buying cars that burned holes in their pockets. Here in Los Angeles some 70 percent of cars you will see on the road are Japanese-made. We drive long distances and spend a lot of time in traffic and the last thing we need are car engines that use up a whole tank of gas in one day. The Californian consumer grew wise a long time ago by buying Japanese cars that would save them money, but the rest of the country has kept on buying more and more American cars. The result has been the end of the auto industry in Detroit while oil companies are counting their billions and billions in profits. They were the only ones that enjoyed the ride.

This economic recession and the deterioration of the American car industry could have been the perfect storm for setting high fuel efficient standards that could have been on par with Japanese and European automakers — it would have been a great step and an important one to cut our emissions, but the opportunity has been lost. Are we going to have to wait for another economic crisis and a second-round of automaker bankruptcies filings to re-visit our fuel efficient standards again? Or, would we have to wait until the Ozone layer is gone to realize that raising fuel efficient standards to at least 60 mpg for ALL vehicles, not just hybrids, is the appropriate thing to do?

The Obama Administration needs to stop making concessions with the Republicans and the oil lobby when it comes to saving our world from frying. This issue shouldn’t be handled in a “bipartisan” way where everyone is happy, including the oil companies. No, this should be a matter of life and death to save our world even at the cost of losing a re-election. We need action now. We need to say goodbye to those oversize, gas guzzlers that are polluting our communities. Fuel efficient cars or irreversible global warming, what’s it going to be?


3 Responses to New American Fuel Efficient Standards Still A Joke

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1mmoll
    June 13, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Yes Dolores, laughable it is.
    Though more and more I realise that all of ‘this’ has anything to do with ‘saving the planet’ , as nice though it sounds.
    Check out the link here:
    but skip the commercial breaks, they are somewhat disturbing.
    By the by: I happily own and drive a Honda city (1986 !) , at about 60 mpg …
    Kind greetings, Martijn

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Dolores M Bernal
    June 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks mmoll for your comment.
    I will check out the link. I’ve owned two Hondas and they do give great mileage. I don’t know how I would pay for gas if I didn’t have a fuel efficient vehicle.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Jinny
    June 24, 2009 at 10:19 am to GoogleReader!

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