Comments on: Obama in fuel efficiency driver’s seat http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/01/08/obama-in-fuel-efficiency-drivers-seat/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Paul http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/01/08/obama-in-fuel-efficiency-drivers-seat/comment-page-1/#comment-337476 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 14:37:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11699#comment-337476 Just get it done. 35 mpg by 2012 gives them 3 years and can be done with existing technology (lighter cars, lower hp, efficient diesel and hybrids) and better product line mix – fewer king cabs more sedans. By 2020 the standard should be 50 mpg – like a 1985 Honda CRX-HF.

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By: jason http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/01/08/obama-in-fuel-efficiency-drivers-seat/comment-page-1/#comment-337460 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 22:02:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11699#comment-337460 Nice goal for 2020. Does anyone actually believe that our government is interested in cleaning up the environment by regulating fuel standards? A “car and light-truck standard of at least 35 mpg” by 2020. Thats only 11 years down the road for a 7.5 MPG improvement. Sounds serious! How about a 35 MPG standard on airplane engines? A 5000 ACRE PER GALLON standard for lawn mowers? What about standards on military vehicles and semi trucks? Municipal vehicles? Heavy construction vehicles? When fuel standards become enough of a real factor in peoples lives then they’ll look into other alternatives. Oh wait… That’s a free market idea… we must regulate now eerrrr in 2020!! … I think the price of oil could be a weapon of mass destruction in a global economic battle between major powers in the world and any fuel regulation will be to those ends. Perhaps the media would do better asking Bob Gates about where he sees fuel standards on cars and light trucks heading in the future. We might get a better idea of where policy is actually headed if we ask him.

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By: Michael Harvey http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/01/08/obama-in-fuel-efficiency-drivers-seat/comment-page-1/#comment-337455 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 04:35:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11699#comment-337455 Stop dragging your feet already. The reason the major auto makers took such a beating was because they weren’t prepared for the shift in consumer demand. When $4/gal hit, it was a wake up call. Had they been pushed at a faster pace to build more fuel efficient vehicles, they would have cleaned up.

Everyone wanted a hybrid. Auto makers are stuck in the stone age… Stop building fuel sucking trucks and deliver what people want. Who wouldn’t want a more fuel efficient vehicle?

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By: Lauren M http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/01/08/obama-in-fuel-efficiency-drivers-seat/comment-page-1/#comment-337453 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 21:09:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11699#comment-337453 This is an issue that needs to be address one way or another and during a crisis when you will have major restructuring is the time to implement these changes. We need to become more energy efficient in the U.S. and start building products that are meant to last and are as neutral to our environment as possible.

LJM

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