When given turds, make turdade

May 19, 2009

Is updating a 40 plus year old relic of the Ford administration really “change we can believe in”? It’s a failed policy at that. CAFE standards, when first implemented as a reaction to the Arab oil crises in the early 70s, were supposed to wean us off foreign oil. That worked out so well. Somehow the fact that when driving becomes cheaper people drive more has escaped the grasp of the brain trust that is the Obama administration.

Let’s not forget CO2 emissions. Obama says that CO2 emissions will be reduced by 900 mmt (million metric tons) over the lifetime of this policy. According to this calculator the CO2 emissions saved would reduce the earth’s temperature by .002 C. That’s two thousandths of a degree. I’m sure I’ll notice.

But wait, there’s more. The bankrupt/mostly government owned domestic auto companies will now have to charge $1,300 more for these new cars. At my current driving habits, it would take me over 11 years to make up that difference.

So to recap: if history is any measure, reliance on foreign oil will continue to rise, there will be no noticeable effect on climate and new cars will cost considerably more. What’s not to like?

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7 Responses to “When given turds, make turdade”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Heh. “Turdade”.

  2. John in IL Says:

    I can’t believe Dave has no opinion on the subject.

  3. superdave524 Says:

    I wrote out a long response to this, generally opining that the Market and the Bush Administration’s love affair with Big Oil actually helped reduce our dependence on fossil fuels more than any gummit attempt to regulate it by increasing prices as dramatically as it did, then questioning whether the highly painful cure to our addiction to cheap oil was worse than the disease, but the computer ate it. Oh, well.

  4. John in IL Says:

    So no opinion.

  5. John in IL Says:

    You say a lot but you don’t say much.

  6. superdave524 Says:

    Well, I did, but the computer ate it.

  7. John in IL Says:

    The computer ate your opinion? That’s one powerful computer.


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