Guest post by David Middleton
Doubly too fracking funny!
In July 2011, the Obama Maladministration increased the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025. However, a couple of funny things happened on the way to greentopia.
Consumers didn’t cooperate…
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Fuel Targets Threatened by Demand for Big Autos
By BILL VLASIC JULY 18, 2016
DETROIT — Despite praising automakers for recent gains in fuel economy, two federal agencies said on Monday that surging consumer demand for pickups and sport utility vehicles made it unlikely that the industry could meet the government’s ambitious projections a decade from now.
If fuel prices remain low, and trucks continue to outsell cars, the industry will probably not meet the goal of 54.5 miles per gallon as a fleetwide average by 2025, but will probably come in at only about 50 miles a gallon, according to a report by the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The report issued on Monday was termed a draft by administration officials, and included input from the California Air Resources Board, as well as the two federal agencies.
That lower fuel economy number would translate into higher levels of carbon dioxide emissions, which environmentalists say would make global climate change worse and undercut efforts to curtail greenhouse gases agreed to by the Obama administration in last year’s Paris climate accord.
And the EPA’s fuel efficiency “test is [fracked] up big time”…
The EPA’s Fuel Efficiency Testing May Not Work. Like, at All
IN 2012 PRESIDENT Obama instituted new, aggressive fuel economy standards for automakers selling cars in the United States. The executive branch—represented here by the Environmental Protection Agency, basically—mandated that every car manufacturer would have to have a fleetwide average gas mileage of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFE to transit nerds) take the gas mileage of every car a company sells—from Yaris to Tundra, Verano to Enclave, Golf to whatever—and average it out. You want to build a gas-guzzling, smoke-pumping, V-18 for hauling a camper dragging a boat? You’re gonna need to sell a hybrid, too.
Yesterday, a technical assessment report from the EPA, National Highway Traffic Administration, and the California Air Resources Board took a look at those standards and said, yeah, car companies should be able to hit them. The technology is there, or will be.
But there’s a problem: Even if the car companies do, they don’t. Or at least, no one has any way to know if they do. Because the EPA’s test to make sure automakers are hitting their CAFE numbers—the sole federal, legal requirement that cars get more efficient—probably doesn’t work. At all.
“The test is [fracked] up big time,” says Dan Becker, director of the Safe Climate Campaign. “It’s akin to telling all parents that their kids are getting A’s on the exam, when they’re not.”
As an added bonus… The total CO2 emissions from 54.5 mpg aren’t significantly different than 50 mpg and won’t have any measurable effect on global temperatures.
My math could be way off here, particularly since I made a lot of assumptions and I should have worked through the total carbon emissions rather than just converting it straight to ppm… However, it’s pretty clear that U.S. CAFE standards won’t have any measurable affect on Earth’s climate… And, as always, liberal environmentalists feel good about setting CAFE standards and giving the EPA useless tasks to perform… And feeling good about wasting the money of taxpayers and consumers is what really counts.