Bush’s Doltish Fuel Efficiency Proposal
President Bush has announced his administration's plans to raise fuel efficiency of most sport-utility vehicles, minivans, and pickups, and as expected it is a joke. This first overhaul of industry standards in 30 years continues to exclude the largest behemoths such as Hummers and the Excursion from any mileage requirements. Under the plan a light truck which must get 21.6 miles per gallon in 2006 would have to get between 21.9 and 23.3 miles per gallon in 2011. Ooh, aah – A whole 1.3% to 7.8% increase when the potential for energy efficiency in automobiles is so much more.
This proposal will do nothing to slow America’s voluminous oil consumption. It would actually intensify America's contribution to global warming, undermining state lead efforts to more substantially increase fuel efficiency to address climate change.
One does not know whether to cry, laugh or seethe with anger at the failure of the Toxic Texan to come to grips with our oil dependency, and thus oil consumption’s impacts upon climate change and our national security. Together the rules appear to give incentives to the Detroit dinosaur car manufacturers to build yet more monster SUVs rather than sensible, safe and efficient vehicles. Bush's failure to push for meaningful fuel-economy standards in a time of war, energy scarcity and climate change shows him to be the oil addled dolt he is.