August 13, 2011

Lounging in The Federal CAFE

As regular readers know, I am singularly unimpressed with the meddling of government in our automotive affairs. Well, yes, I'm unimpressed with their meddling in any of our affairs, but let's talk cars for a minute. The CAFE average (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) is a lovely governmental invention that greatly increases the cost of new cars while greatly diminishing utility and safety. Until the age of Obama, changes in the CAFE mandate tended to be incremental and at least slightly rational. That has changed, and by 2050, the CAFE number is 54.5 MPG across every manufacturer's fleet. Thank you Mr. Obama!

There are essentially three ways to do that: (1) amazing technological breakthroughs the laws of physics in real world as opposed to Obama world may very well not allow; (2) Greatly reducing vehicle weight; (3) greatly enhancing aerodynamics to the point that we're driving rifle bullets on very few, very skinny, very high inflation tires.

In any case, the good folks at Pajamas Media have published my latest scribbling on CAFE (here). Stop by and be sure to also check out Bob's latest article on Gunwalker--it will not make you a happy camper. Come to think of it, neither will my article. Bummer.

Posted by MikeM at August 13, 2011 09:57 PM

Is someone supposed to be impressed by this silly comment?

Posted by: carol at August 14, 2011 12:05 PM

Dear Carol:

We occasionally get spammed with advertisements and this sort of nonsense and do our best to remove it as soon as we see it. Because the web vermin doing this sort of thing simply change their URLS constantly, it's difficult to block them, but we try to keep up as much as possible. I've deleted the comment, but it may take a little while for the server to catch up.


Posted by: Mike Mc at August 14, 2011 03:31 PM

There's a third way -- have the DOT issue a "waiver" to the politically connected car manufacturers, like they did with Obamacare and the EPA regs.

Posted by: Phelps at August 14, 2011 09:51 PM

Thanks for explaining all that gibberish. I had no idea what it was about & thought someone was being extremely rude! From now on I will know to ignore it!

Posted by: carol at August 14, 2011 10:18 PM