54.5 miles per gallon

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That’s what the average fuel economy level for new cars and trucks sold in the U.S. will be by 2025, nearly doubling from the 28.6 mpg average required at the end of last year. The Obama Administration finalized the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards on August 28, representing what President Obama called the “single most important step” to reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil (or for that matter, any kind of oil).

The new rules, which will be phased in gradually and start getting stricter by 2017, building on a landmark 2009 deal brokered between the White House and beleaguered automakers that committed cars and trucks to averaging 25.5 mpg by 2016. According to the White House, the new rules will save families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs and bring an average saving of $8,000 over the lifetime of new vehicles sold after 2025. It’s a culmination of what will likely be the Obama’s Administration’s greenest effort, even if it does win a second term: forcing the wasteful U.S. auto industry to build more efficient cars and trucks.

It’s notable—and probably not coincidental—that the White House announced the new CAFE rules on the same day that the Republican national convention in Tampa finally got going. Mitt Romney, as a I wrote yesterday on Going Green, has his own energy plan that focuses almost entirely on increasing the supply of oil and other fossil fuels, rather than conserving demand. As we endure another week of sky-high gas prices—even higher than normal now because of Hurricane Isaac poses to Gulf Coast refineries—it’s not hard to see how short-sighted that kind of one-sided energy policy is.

(MORE: The Romney Energy Plan: Drill, Baby, Drill — Again)

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ip intel
ip intel

 free refills for electric golf carts

Jim_Bullis__Miastrada_Co
Jim_Bullis__Miastrada_Co

This fuel economy standard is distorted by the fact that it enables false CAFE achievements using the fake MPGE formula for electric cars, though the excessive cost of these will prevent anything real taking place.

A more important announcement could recognize significant innovation in agriculture represented by the new tractor called the Miastrada Dragon, now on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

This new kind of tractor was invented to serve the needs of farm workers that are still needed for hand labor in growing a variety of crops. It enables field hand workers to be more productive while allowing more effective utilization of land. Many unemployed persons could find farm work attractive using this equipment.

This could be a major product for American factories, thus employing factory workers in addition to the expanded possibilities for farm employment and export products.

And the Miastrada Dragon is an electric vehicle! Imagine that. And it will run all day on a $400 battery pack (subject to type of usage involved).

Orlando De Ocampo
Orlando De Ocampo

Most likely, the new CAFE will encourage car makers to make more efficient smaller engines in additon to making advanced car technologies.  Daihatsu need to rethink going back to Americal

nonpolitical
nonpolitical

Nice having standards but they need to be realistic and they need to be based on arguments which is factsbased.  Obama need to explain why these targets are necessary.