Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Too Little, Too Late? Where Are the Fuel Efficient Cars?

The fuel-efficiency legislation Bush signed into law today increases the federal standard automakers must meet to an industry wide 35 mpg for passengers cars, SUVs and small trucks (by 2020). The standard for cars today is 27.5 mpg and for trucks and SUVs 22.2 mpg.

It requires refineries to increase the use of ethanol from about 6 billion gallons a year this year to 36 billion gallons by 2022 and mandates that by then at least 21 billion gallons are to come from feedstocks other than corn.

How pathetic! I drive a car presently that gets approximately 35 mpg to 37 mpg on average, and I think this is terrible! So the idea that Americans are going to be allowed to continue to drive SUVs and trucks that are humongous both in size and in gas-guzzling for another 13 years is literally horrifying. On top of that, I found out today that my 2006 Scion XA is the last of its kind. Seems Scion has replaced the smaller, more fuel efficient XA with a larger, more gas-eating XD. D as in "deviant." This is presumably to cater to the young, a customer base that Scion has yet to reach. Look around: Most people drving Scion XA and XB are 50-plus! Americans need to accept that we should be driving smaller, fuel efficient cars.

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