There are many factors people employ when choosing a vehicle. Fuel efficiency is important. So are safety, range, passenger capacity, cargo capacity, weather handling, towing, style, comfort and the rest.
But Greens go apoplectic over a rule change that would have no climate or other benefits.
Crafting smarter fuel efficiency standards is a needed reform. Standing up to California's heavy-handed eco-bullying is courageous. CFACT applauds both wise moves.
“We need to find the place where we are demanding as much efficiency, as much environmental control as makes sense, but not so much that it begins to have a detrimental affect to highway safety."
As Ralph Nader might say, CAFÉ standards make cars unsafe at any speed – not by faulty car design, but by government decree.
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned a 2017 Department of Transportation (DOT) action delaying higher fees under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program. The court did not explain its rationale.
Politicians must consider unintended consequences.
That a lot of people need and would happily buy larger, stronger and more powerful vehicles is simply not allowed under the Cafe scheme.