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Obama's New Auto Standards Will Kill Americans

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Posted on May 20 2009 11:36 am
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Now that the autocratic Obama administration’s nationalization of the U.S. auto industry is virtually complete, the President has announced the next step in his administration’s plans for the Socialization of America: the redefinition of what Americans will be allowed to drive in the very near future.

Obama announced on Tuesday that he was instituting a national fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas standard that would “significantly increase mileage requirements for cars and trucks by 2016.” Obama called it “an historic agreement to help America break its dependence on oil, reduce harmful pollution and begin the transition to a clean energy economy.” 

The new regulations would affect all new cars and trucks sold in this country, requiring them to meet minimum standards of a 35.5 miles-per-gallon average (39 mpg for passenger cars, 30 mpg for light trucks).

In order to meet this standard, all vehicles will have to become smaller and lighter. The vehicles will also be more expensive, adding an average of about $1,300 to the cost of a new car. If you want an SUV or a minivan, forget it. According to auto analyst Eric Fedewa, the changes will make certain vehicles, like pickup trucks, “so much more expensive that they will be used almost exclusively for work.”

Apart from the higher costs, the dark side to all of these changes is the side nobody in the administration is talking about. These “smaller, lighter and more fuel-efficient” vehicles are going to cause more Americans to lose their lives on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every 100-pound reduction in the weight of small cars increases annual traffic fatalities by as many as 715. That could mean some 2,000 additional deaths per year. And that’s assuming that the government, in its new role as the dominant auto manufacturer, ends up with auto designs that actually work as intended.

That’s a huge assumption, as history is replete with examples of such socialist central planning gone awry. When the Communist East German government went into the car business, for example, the end result was a vehicle called the Trabant, a car that was described as a cross between a sardine can and a lawnmower. “There were no disc brakes, no radiator, no oil filter or oil pump, no fuel gauge and the flow of petrol was powered by gravity — the tank was above the engine — so there was no fuel pump. Shrewd drivers carried not only spare tyres but also spare engines. It was noisy and dirty…”

Oh yes, and it was a death trap.

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