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November 16, 2007

No More Free Ride for SUVs – CAFE Standards Must Be Stonger

Category: Economics,Editorial,News,Policy,Transportation – Tom Harrison – 9:33 pm

A while back, I was dismayed by the incredibly lame increases in light “truck” corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards put forward by the Bush administration’s Environmental Plundering Agency (EPA). Later, Environmental Defense helped win a victory in California courts. Today, another big victory, this time lead by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC).

Today, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the Bush administration’s weak fuel economy standard for sport-utility vehicles and other light-duty trucks. The court upbraided the administration for setting zero value on reducing the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming when setting fuel economy standards. The court also faulted the administration for leaving a gaping loophole that has allowed auto manufacturers to classify passenger cars as trucks subject to weaker fuel economy standards.

Go NRDC and all the others that made this happen. In your face, EPA!


  1. Take that energy-wasting Bush Administration. The iron is hot and it is time to strike. This recent decision has the potential to influence Congress to think deeply about the currently 2007 Energy Bill being debated in Congress. The Energy Bill has the potential to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create cheap, renewable energy, save taxpayers money, and create jobs all at the same time. Act now by letting the federal government know the US needs better fuel and energy standards. Go to and sign the petition!

    Comment by kwolph — November 17, 2007 @ 12:45 am

  2. Thanks for the comment and the link. I signed the petition, and it’s a good one indeed.

    Comment by Tom Harrison — November 17, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

  3. Thank you for signing the petition Tom!!

    Pass on the word to your loyal readers so the message gets out to people who want to see action AND results.

    Here is another link of interest: Auto workers and dealers are breaking from the auto industry and speaking out about the benefits of the proposed CAFE standards. Called “The Auto Lobby Doesn’t Speak For Us”.

    Comment by kwolph — November 18, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

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