Politics after this image of a glorious American automobile -
The Trump administration’s 3 main arguments for cutting back fuel economy standards are pretty childish at best
- People will drive more if their cars are too
fuel efficient: So we’re really doing them a favor and saving their lives by
making them buy less efficient cars! So much for the American ideal of Freedom
and being able to go wherever whenever you want, am I right?!
- Fuel efficient cars are more expensive, so
people will upgrade cars less frequently: We need to sell them cheaper cars to
save their lives!...except when we’re making cars more expensive for them
across the board to stick it to them big bad commie furrners trying to stick it
- Fuel efficient cars are lighter, so that makes
them less safe: As jalops we should all know what utter horseshit this is.
Lighter cars are typically more nimble and have better braking capability. Not
only that, if cars across the board are getting lighter then the weight
differentials between cars getting in to accidents with each other should
pretty much be a wash, no? Also, newer cars whether lighter or not will be
safer due to improvements in crumple zones technology, driver aids, etc.
At the end of the day this just comes off as half-baked BS
reasoning they pulled together to justify deregulation goals that they can use
to be seen as “business friendly” and maybe show some short-term economic
benefits with, while screwing us all royally in the long run. But who cares,
someone else will be in power when this all comes back to haunt us so there’ll
be a convenient “other” to blame.
Also all this just reeks of weakness – wasn’t MAGA supposed
to be the exact opposite of that? Oh us poor americans…we need to be protected
from driving too much having more efficient cars! Or we need to hold back
innovation so people can afford to buy new cars still. Isn’t the 2020 Trump
campaign slogan “Keep America Great!”? Doesn’t sound like we’re quite there yet
if industry needs to be coddled instead of challenged to go above and beyond,
and our populace is so fragile that it can afford only vehicles built to lower
standards than the rest of the developed world. I thought we’re all swimming in
it now thanks to tax cuts?!