The Hill is reporting today that the Obama administration is set to unveil the first-ever federal fuel efficiency standards for a range of heavy-duty trucks (emphasis mine):
The standards mark the latest effort by the Obama administration to ratchet up vehicle fuel-economy rules. Late last month, Obama announced a plan to set an average standard of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 for cars and light-duty trucks. The standard builds on rules finalized last year for model-year 2012-2016 cars and light-duty trucks.
This is absolute insanity. Obama'sideology, again, trumps what is in the best interest of the country. Ostensibly, this is to cut the country's dependence on foreign oil imports, and cut carbon emissions. Utter nonsense, if he wanted to decrease dependency on foreign oil, he could simply lift the moratorium in the Gulf, and instantly create up to 1 million jobs as well. And as for the carbon emission, do you really think he cares about carbon emissions? No, this is Obama, kowtowing to his base.
So how is the auto-industry supposed to accomplish this innovative marvel? I, and I'm sure the auto-industry, have no freaking idea. Hell, Obama, why stop at 54.5 MPG, go for 60 or 70, pick any number it's all fantasy. Do you, for one moment, think that if one of the car companies had the ability to build a truck that could do the job it was intended to do, AND, get 54.5 MPG that it wouldn't already be on the market? My guess is that a truck that can do its job AND one that gets over 50 MPG are two mutually exclusive products. But that's not going to stop this crew from mandating it. Where the hell is congress on this?