If the Obama administration gets its way, you can kiss your next SUV — and possibly your life, if you're involved in an automobile accident — goodbye. The administration is proposing a doubling of current federal gas mileage standards by 2025. New cars manufactured in that year would be required to meet a Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) standard of 56.2 miles per gallon, which the New York Times calculates “would require increases in fuel efficiency of nearly 5 percent a year from 2017 to 2025.”
According to the Newspaper of Record, these new standards will “reduce global warming emissions by millions of tons a year and cut oil imports by billions of barrels over the life of the program,” “sav[e] consumers billions of dollars at the pump,” and create “a truly global automobile market” by aligning U.S. standards with those of Europe, China, and Japan.
Those who fancy that man is God make many assumptions about human "divinity." Yet man is little closer to predicting the course of volcanoes than when Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii. How successful is cloud-seeding to end devastating droughts? Could the President have told the nation that the levees along the Mississippi were going to break? No. The greatest computers used by the most sophisticated minds in the world cannot predict exactly what the weather will be like on July 4, 2012. The earth has experienced cycles of temperature change since the dawn of time, as variables such as solar sunspots affect the different levels of energy that reach our planet.
Why, then, do politicians and scientific engineers persist in demanding that housewives use new CFL light bulbs, that California generate much of its power from wind turbines and other "green" energy sources, and that the nation rather deliberately lower its standard of living? These radical environmentalist “experts” are simply high priests of a false religion — and false religions demand sacrifices. The pantheon of these clay deities cannot predict when the San Andreas Fault will shift or when a tidal wave will swamp Sri Lanka, but they can tell Americans what driving with unleaded will do.
On June 20, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot invoke federal common law in an effort to limit so-called greenhouse-gas emissions.
E&E, a publisher that covers environmental and energy news, outlined the parameters of the case:
The plaintiffs — six states, New York City and several land trusts — wanted utilities that operate fossil fuel-fired electric power plants to reduce emissions by invoking federal 'public nuisance' common law.
On the day President Obama took office in January of 2009, regular unleaded gasoline was selling nationally at an average price of $1.83 per gallon. The national average price has recently been as high as $3.98 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. (The highest recorded average price was set on July 17, 2008, when it hit $4.11 per gallon.) That is not good news for President Obama.
It was announced June 15 that scientists are now fairly sure that around 2020, sunspot activity is going to lessen significantly. All the conditions for it are lining up so far. In layman’s language, less active sun, with fewer sunspots, can produce cooling because solar flares are diminished. Technically, this condition is a “solar minimum.” The last time it happened, experts say, we had a “Little Ice Age.”
On Thursday the United States Senate voted to end the 45 cents-per-gallon subsidy currently supporting the ethanol industry. The bill, offered by liberal Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and conservative Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), was passed overwhelmingly, 73-27.
Excerpt from "Natural Gas — Yours for the Fracing": "Today, the Natural Gas Association estimates that 90 percent of wells drilled today use fracing as a means to increase production. This technology has, in about four years, changed the natural-gas production outlook from what some feared to be a tailing off of production, to what is now known as the shale gale."
Congress, after limiting light bulb choice, is now moving toward mandating higher energy efficiency in appliances and just about anything that plugs into an electrical outlet.
Do not be duped by terms such as "green," "clean energy," or "sustainable development." Not only do these regulatory initiatives come short of producing the same prosperity and quality energy efficiency provided by the free-market they also fail to terminate our nation's dependency of foreign oil.
As ethanol subsidies were set to expire at the end of 2010, the Competitive Enterprise Institute began encouraging politicians to allow the subsidies to expire, even as lobbyists and environmentalists continued to push for renewed expensive and unproductive ethanol subsidies and mandates.