Autoline on Autoblog with John McElroy

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John McElroy is host of the TV program “Autoline Detroit“. Every week he’ll bring his unique insights as an auto industry insider to Autoblog readers.

WHY CAFE WON’T WORK
By John McElroy

I have to weigh in on all of this debate about raising fuel economy standards. That’s because there is a very important fact that’s been completely overlooked by both sides in this debate.

The anti-industry crowd accuses the automakers of dragging their feet and deliberately ignoring simple, low-cost technology that could dramatically improve fuel economy. The automakers plead that there is no such quick fix and that they cannot possibly achieve the targets in the time frame they’re being given.

But what both sides are ignoring is the fact that the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy laws are not going to reduce oil consumption or CO2 emissions at all. Not by one drop of oil, nor by one gram of CO2.

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