Yup, you’re right (as per Wikipedia, anyway). The fleet-wide average requirement will be raised to 35 mpg (!), though that’s by 2020. This includes cars and light trucks. Though I’m not certain if they have separate requirements for the two categories – maybe they do, but it doesn’t sound like it.
Regardless, to get the overall (including cars AND light trucks) average up to 35 (!) sounds like a MASSIVE change – so massive that I bet that will almost undoubtedly compromise safety, big-time.
But who knows? That’s 12 years away. Maybe technology will improve radically between now and then. Let’s hope. I bet it sure will drive car prices up, though.
There’s no use meddling with shit like this. It generally just creates more problems than it solves. The market should be left to sort things out on its own. Even with gas prices being much, much higher than they were a few years ago people’s demand for bigger, faster cars (and SUVs) has only SLIGHTLY abated just now, and I mean barely.
Environmentalists argue that increasing the miles per gallon of the cars we drive would save more energy than increased drilling could produce. But the data show that fuel consumption goes up whenever automobile fuel efficiency goes up. Nearly all the gains in fuel efficiency disappear once we account for the demonstrable increases in driving that such investments produce."
First off, you would need the data set to see how they spun it. Secondly, you would have to look at the data and estimate the optimal point between the two extremes. I gaurantee that it is far from where we currently are before the rebound effect of economics come swining back at us.
And Damici, I believe the new CAFE standards will apply to SUV’s and Light Trucks as well.[/quote]