Yes, I know that CAFE standards (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) aren’t the sexiest thing to hit the news in an election season such as this, but it’s an important topic which has very real (and generally negative) consequences for most Americans. It didn’t draw a lot of headlines, but at the end of August the Obama administration issued new CAFE standards which will require all American automobile manufacturers to achieve an average fleet gas mileage of 54 miles per gallon by 2025. That sounds great if you’re looking to save money on travel costs, but the mandate comes with a number of caveats, all of which result in driving up the cost of all cars (not just hybrids) and they don’t change fuel consumption all that much.
This can be a dry topic at best so it’s hard to get the public engaged, but that’s because the very human element of the story rarely gets told. The American Energy Alliance has produced a video which highlights that aspect of the subject. They depict the tale of Nelcy Grande, an immigrant from Columbia (a legal immigrant, by the way) who struggled to afford a car but was finally able to get one and used it to build her own cleaning business and find success in America. Each time the government drives up the cost of cars through these spiraling regulatory demands, more people like Nelcy are shoved out of the market.
I hope you take a moment to watch this video. (It’s only a few minutes long.) It really drives home the difference which these government mandates can make and how they negatively impact working class Americans.