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NEWS: New SUV fuel standards proposed

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posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 10:47 AM
Today the Bush administration has proposed modest improvements for SUV and minivan fuel consumption. The administration is requesting that auto makers make improvements to these vehicles to make them less of a gas guzzler. The new standards are to be in place starting in 2008 and be completed in 2011.
ATLANTA - The Bush administration proposed new fuel economy standards for pickup trucks, minivans and some sport utility vehicles on Tuesday, calling upon automakers to make modest improvements to gas mileage amid rising prices at the pump.

The plan, announced by the Department of Transportation in Atlanta, would require the auto industry to raise standards for most light trucks — which include pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs — beginning in 2008 and to be completed by 2011.

But the largest SUVs, such as the Hummer H2, and cars would not be affected by the plan.

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Too little, too late. With gas prices running at $2.62 per gallons and rising, the "measures" that the goverment proposes will do nothing to help the American consumer today.
One thing that I really loved about the article was that these new standards will not be applied to the worst gas hogs such as the Hummer line of vehicles. When will the goverment actually step in and do something for real like look into just why oil companies consistently post record earnings while squeezing the American public for avery penny they can?

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 11:43 AM
Thats good news.
It's a shame it doesn't apply to all non-commercial vehicles but at least it's a start.

It's something that's really needed as US fuel efficiency has been flat for about the last 20 years.

[edit on 23-8-2005 by AceOfBase]

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 12:05 PM
Here is another source that has more information on just what has been proposed

Automakers are currently required to maintain an average of 27.5 miles per gallon for passenger cars and 21 mpg for light trucks. Light trucks are required to meet 22.2 mpg for the 2007 model year.

At a news conference, Mineta did not unveil complete details of the plan. But he cited one example: minivans currently required to average 21 mpg would be required to get 23.3 mpg by 2011 (about an 11 percent increase).

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 12:33 PM
The Ford F-150's have less than 20MPG highway fuel rating.
If those vehicles are also exempt, then what's the reason for exempting them?

[edit on 23-8-2005 by AceOfBase]

posted on Aug, 23 2005 @ 12:38 PM
Thank you Ace,
You have just proven my point that this is just a PR campaign.
Like I said in the opener, Too Little, Too Late!

The Bush goverment is just trying to cash in on the fears of the American public that this raging fuel prices are causing. There realy is no attempt to do anything but to look good and look like they are doing something positive.
You know sort of the old Drive 55 type deal. They will continue along this string until the issue turns around and bites them where the sun don't shine.

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