I wish I knew which bits of this article to excerpt here, but I just don’t. The whole thing is worth excerpting.
And, it’s true… still, one sentence caught my eye:
They [American auto makers] are suffering the consequences [of opposing higher efficiency standards] and could go broke just like the airlines.
What a novel thought… that the free market the Republicans claim to love will lead to the extinction of American car manufacturers, where a government regulation which would have forced them to evolve to compete with foreign manufacturers could have saved them.
Even now, I chuckle at the adds for American cars that tout 30 mpg highway, as though no one else can compete with that. Seriously, that might dwarf the 8 mpg Hummer, but we can do better than that, can’t we?
Frustratingly, there is also this bit:
In Europe, on the other hand, fuel efficiency currently stands at 44 m.p.g. and is slated to hit 48 m.p.g. by 2012.
Why can’t we get those more efficient cars here? If I had to replace my current car right now, and wanted to get something more efficient, I would have approximately zero options, and my car is almost 9 years old!