March 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Saturday that standards for vehicle fuel economy set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry would save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy. In his weekly radio and online address, Obama said Detroit automakers were on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards. "That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over time," he said.
July 24, 2001 |
A great mystery of life is why American automakers go ballistic at any demand for better mileage on their SUVs and other light trucks. One can understand why the oilmen don't like fuel efficiency. The more gasoline pumped into the tank, the more money they make. That makes sense. But what's in it for Detroit? After all, the sort of miles-per-gallon increase likely to become law should not be that onerous. The standards are nearly 20 years old. American manufacturers have since made tremendous strides in fuel efficiency.
August 16, 2001 |
Although the late, great energy crisis seems to have come and gone, the political fight over yesterday's panic rages on. The big dust-up this fall will be over SUVs, light trucks and minivans. Should the government order Detroit to make them get more miles per gallon? Conservationists say "yes. " Economics 101 says "no. " Let's start with a simple question: Why should the government mandate conservation? When fuel becomes scarce, fuel prices go up. When fuel prices go up, people buy less fuel.
January 26, 2012 |
With prices at the pump high and threatening to climb higher, we need better, more efficient cars that guzzle less gas. That's why I joined hundreds of my fellow Pennsylvanians at a public hearing in Philadelphia last week to testify in support of new standards that would mean significant savings for drivers, cleaner air, a safer climate, more jobs, and better vehicle choices. A few weeks ago, President Obama proposed strengthening fuel-efficiency and carbon-pollution standards for cars and light trucks to 54.5 m.p.g.
April 10, 1991 |
Contradicting the auto industry and Bush administration, a new study by a consumer activist group says manufacturers can build many more fuel-efficient cars without sacrificing passenger safety. In fact, says the study, released yesterday by the Center for Auto Safety, automakers can cut highway fatality rates by 20 percent over the next decade while boosting fuel efficiency by an astonishing 40 percent. More than 8,000 lives a year could be saved by 2001 if tougher safety standards were applied to passenger cars and trucks, the study said.
July 24, 1988 |
Those frustrating lines at the gas pumps during the last decade are washed- out memories now. Like the oil crises that spawned them, they have become almost distant enough to qualify as nostalgia. Gas is plentiful and inexpensive now. People are driving more, and big, powerful cars are back in vogue. Sounds like happy days are here again. Sounds like everything is just ducky in Wheelsville. But Michael Renner isn't so sure. Renner, 30, works for Worldwatch Institute, a non-profit Washington research organization that delves into global problems, then writes papers on them for the world's decision-makers, scholars and interested laymen.
August 30, 2012
Over the next decade-plus, American motorists will find new fuel-efficient cars and trucks in showrooms that offer them the advantage of going twice as long between fill-ups. The estimated $8,000 in fuel savings over the life of a vehicle from that technological gain alone makes the Obama administration's launch this week of new vehicle mileage standards a milestone event - the first such boost in more than 30 years. But for an estimated 500,000 people, the mandate that automakers achieve an average fleet fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 also means they'll be driving to new jobs.
July 13, 2011 |
So the government is going to mandate more stringent fuel-efficiency standards for passenger cars, perhaps as high as 56 m.p.g., come 2025, and automakers are worried about what it means for them. My initial response? Tough luck for the automakers. Every time there's a new government mandate, it seems automakers decry how impossible it would be to meet the standard and push for ways to reduce or lower it. Seat belts. Catalytic converters. Air bags. Crash tests. They all met resistance from the folks who make the vehicles we drive.
April 4, 2007 |
Gasoline prices continue to edge up - to an average of $2.73 a gallon locally - and Clayton Lane continues to buy Toyota Prius cars for PhillyCarShare's fleet of 300 vehicles. "We buy them constantly because they are among the most fuel-efficient cars on the market," said Lane, deputy executive director of the nonprofit agency that promotes shared car ownership. More and more motorists and fleet buyers are doing the same as gasoline prices continue to rise, according to the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
July 30, 2003 |
The Senate rejected a bid yesterday to raise fuel-efficiency standards for all automobiles, including sport-utility vehicles and minivans, bowing to concerns that the move might hurt sales and cost jobs. Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) sponsored the measure to raise fuel-efficiency targets by 2015, to 40 miles per gallon from 27.5 miles per gallon now, and to apply the standard to popular SUVs and minivans that now must meet a lower standard, 20.7 miles per gallon. He argued that greater fuel efficiency would improve air quality and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Motor vehicles consume more than half of all U.S. oil imports.