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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Itty Bitty Car Committee

By KEN THOMAS and PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writers Ken Thomas And Philip Elliott, Associated Press Writers – 40 mins ago

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's new fuel and emission standards for cars and trucks will save billions of barrels of oil but are expected to cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016. Obama on Tuesday planned to announce the first-ever national emissions limits for vehicles, as well as require an overall or industry average fuel efficiency standard at 35.5 miles per gallon.

The article does not explain specifically why the car would cost an additional $1300. I can only speculate that there will be more gizmos under the hood.

What's important about that last sentence is the term average. If your car company produces an SUV that people actually want to buy, even though it gets shitty mileage, you will need to build a small death trap that no one wants to get to an average 35.5 MPG. Not really rocket science to work around these new standards is it? Build one all-electric car for every eight new SUV models and you're good to go (that's bad math but I'm making a point here).