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How ridiculous is Obama's plans for auto efficiency?

Obama touts plan for cleaner, more efficient cars...President Barack Obama is asking consumers to put their money — up to $1,300 per new vehicle by 2016 — behind his plan for higher efficiency standards for cars and trucks and tougher rules on their greenhouse gas emissions. In return, Obama said Tuesday in unveiling the plan, drivers would make up the higher cost of more fuel-efficient, cleaner vehicles by buying less gas at the pump.

It would take just three years to pay off the investment and would, over the life of a vehicle, save about $2,800 through better gas mileage, the president said.

While requiring that vehicle carbon dioxide emissions be reduced by about one-third by the target date, the plan also calls for the auto industry to build vehicles that average 35.5 miles per gallon. Government regulations have never before linked emission and fuel standards.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:48 PM on May. 19, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "The fact is, everyone wins," Obama said during a Rose Garden ceremony attended by representatives of the auto industry and environmental groups as well as state and federal lawmakers.

    "Consumers pay less for fuel, which means less money going overseas and more money to save or spend here at home. The economy as a whole runs more efficiently by using less oil and producing less pollution," he said. "And companies like those here today have new incentives to create the technologies and the jobs that will provide smarter ways to power our vehicles."

    Obama said the proposal would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the vehicles sold in the next five years, akin to removing 177 million cars from the roads over the next 6 1/2 years.


    Answer by Anonymous at 6:50 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • Again, we have Obama coming forward with big pie-in-the-sky ideas. We have GM poised within the next two days to be bankrupt. Chrysler is already in bankruptcy and there is no guarantee that it will be in business even after emerging from bankruptcy--it can't even provide checks that aren't bouncing to its employees. We have banks that aren't giving loans. We have---what--close to 9% unemployment and experts are saying it will like rise to at 14%. We have more people who are in need of employment than there are now or will be employers/jobs. Gas prices are on the rise again. I don't get it--what use is this plan when there is little likelihood that the citizens will even be able to afford a new car. Obama already announced his "cash for clunkers" plan where people can get vouchers for $4,800 for a new car--of course that depends upon being able to get a loan. After all this, who wants to go in debt?

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:55 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • I really appreciate his attempts to require auto makers to make more efficient vehicles. There's no reason they can't - they've just been bribed by the oil companies to not do it. $1300 is not that much more to pay for a better gas mileage vehicle, if it's substantially better mileage, that is. It will pay for itself. So, while it may not be the perfect plan, it's a step in the right direction.

    Answer by goldenfox at 6:59 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • Well,considering EVERYTHING our "president" does is ridiculous, I really wasn't expecting much more from this plan,either. The only thing that's worked out since he's been in office is him naming the damned dog after himself. Don't expect any miracles, it ain't gonna happen, not with that individual sitting in the oval office.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:03 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • Problem is, to manufacture these cars requires MORE energy and is MORE polluting than our current cars ! True, a lot of the pollution will be spewed out in foreign countries ... so I guess that means it's okay ??

    I just want us to do sensible stuff, not shoot ourselves in the foot to please activists who have a short attention span and don't think things through (witness the debacle of gov't program to support ethanol which has led to less food production & higher food costs, and an increase in hungry child statistics)

    I get the impression that environmentalists are still working off of info from the 1970's ! Fears about environment damage from drilling have been proven false. Drill ! Stop buying foreign oil & start selling our own ! Perk up the economy !

    And if we need to "reduce carbon dioxide emissions", I propose that we all just stop exhaling !

    (Carbon dioxide a dangerous gas, indeed !! Rkfrka@t#!% !! )

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:04 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • These are all great ideas. They really are. And they are all ideas that have been thought of before. The only thing is that when they have been thought of before, the realization of other problems getting fixed first was made. Obama has all the best intentions, he just completely lacks the fore thought that only experience can bring. He strikes me as an idealistic, naive child that just doesn't get why it all can't be done. And no matter how much he, or any wealthy person for that matter, says they understand the plight of the every man, they don't. They just don't get. HE's never had to live pay check to pay check during this economy. He hasn't had to worry about money in a very long time. Chances are no matter how bad ir gets, he never will. There's no way he can understand just what all these plans means to citizens. It's all a great idea..... just not practical, unless these new cars are going to cost $4000, which I doubt.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:07 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • How ridiculous ARE his plans. Plans is plural, so the verb has to be too. How do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you can't use proper grammar?

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:14 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • Who is he kidding? No matter what, our economy depends upon oil and saving 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the vehicles sold in the next five years is a drop in the bucket compared to the 9 million barrels of oil a day that are imported. This "plan" is a money-maker for states who will make money from those of us who can't afford to buy a new car since we will have to take our vehicles in every year and get emissions tests done before we can get our licenses renewed. Obama is just forcing us to go into debt and buy new cars. The next thing will be it will be illegal to own and drive a vehicle that is 10 years or more old. He has to come up with something to force us to buy new cars from GM and Chrysler otherwise they will be out of business completely.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:15 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • Why would a smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient car cost more?
    The cars should cost LESS.
    The technology has been available for years, and Bush signed it to be effective 2020, Obama just changed it to 2016. Nothing new there, just sooner for publicity.
    Who says the cars will save you any money, the cost of gas may be $5 a gallon by then because of speculators when the proposed demand will be thought to be much lower because of it.

    Answer by akinbottom2 at 7:20 PM on May. 19, 2009

  • Anon 7:14 PM: Thanks for being rude--it was unnecessary to point out a mere typo that I would have liked to have edited if I could. Why do you spend your time and efforts policing the questions for grammar and typos? That alone does not subtract from someone's intelligence, nor the credibility of the question or subject at hand. I, and I'm sure others, would be more interested in your opinion and joining in on healthy debate. Obviously, you didn't have anything on point to add.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:24 PM on May. 19, 2009

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