17 May '11, 3pm

Polls: Americans support 60 mpg fuel economy standard; blame oil companies, OPEC for price hikes #youcut #p2 #tcot

Why don’t we just mandate that we all ride flying pigs to work? The car companies can only sell what consumers want to buy. How is GM supposed to sell a 60 mpg fleet when buyers don’t want those cars, given today’s subsidized oil prices? Fuel economy standards for cars are just a cop-out that will accomplish little at best. Seriously, Joe, do you think that Americans would tolerate an auto market that only had Volts and Leafs for more than one day? *Demand* for cars has to change. Sellers will then adapt to that market. This plan puts the cart before the horse. [JR: I don't get this comment. The U.S. car companies have a multi-decade history of 1) ignoring warnings about inevitably rising gasoline prices, which left them vulnerable when gasoline prices inevitably rose and 2) pushing false advertising to create demand for things like SUVs [by, say, leaving people with the i...

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