Tepid Automobile Gas Mileage Announcement
The Bush administration has announced increased gas mileage requirements for pick-up trucks and sport-utility vehicles – for the first time covering the largest SUVs like the Hummer H2. Yet given the massive threat to America's and the world's economies, environment and social welfare from climate change and oil wars, the increases are amazingly tepid and unambitious. Pickups and SUVs must increase their fuel efficiency by 11 percent in the next five years. This is not going to stop global warming and wean America from under-priced foreign oil, and is damaging more ambitious efforts to address a building planetary emergency.