SOTU Day, Part 2 - CAFE Standards To CAFE Obfuscation
But don't be fooled. The most likely proposal, eliminating current CAFE standards based on 'fleet averages' in favor of individual vehicle ratings, is just more administration dissembling. This proposal was cooked up by the very people who have an interest in not seeing the MPG average go up--Big Auto executives. And the purpose here is to put in place a system that will guarantee, through sheer complexity, that CAFE standards are never raised again.
I was watching an interesting bit earlier during lunch on CNN about renewed interest in geothermal research the Government abandoned right around the time AWOL left Texas for Alabama:
LISOVICZ: Heidi, there is so much interest in new forms of energy, this is actually developed 30 years ago with the last energy crisis. Now, with this renewed interest, experts say tapping granite for energy could result in 100 billion watts by 2050, it's about 20 percent of the country's current generating capacity, its spread equal to all the nuclear power that it is presently generated. This could be important obviously energy demand is expected to grow. The current supply system threatened because many plants that generate nuclear and coal fired energy will soon be retired. The study claims geo thermal energy provides a robust and long lasting option.
Sounds much better than Nuclear, I'd plug an electric car into it any day.
Even batteries need to be powered up with some sort of carbon fuel - in current thinking at least.
Better public transport cold be a key, with free passes for government workers! Take their cars off them all together. Put the pollies right out there with the people.
Cartledge... I'm all for better, more comprehensive public transit, but that's easy for me to say as one of the carless.
Old Broad...oh jeez! "Affrodable Choices" sounds like another spin on "The Ownership Society". Well at least it will provide good blog fodder.
All official production schedules came filled with helium.:) We expected to build two trucks, and eight billion roller skates!:)
Romunov...but in the Big Auto's case that's not necessarily true, right? Many studies have stated that GM, for example, is losing money on most models, once rebates and giveaways are factored in.
"Lip service... is all you'll ever get from me..."