National Fuel Economy Standards to be Raised by Some Guy in California Who Thinks He Knows Best

This gentleman was merely elected to a statewide post in California, yet believes he should set national law — in this case, on the matter of national fuel economy standards.

Perhaps he believes legislatures are such inefficent bodies that we all would be happier ruled by a dictator.

That Politburo thing worked out pretty well for the Russians, I hear.

Well, except for the little bit about it being lethal.

In 2002, the National Academy of Sciences released a report, “Effectiveness and Impact of CAFE Standards 2002,” pointing out that since CAFE standards were imposed in the U.S. in 1975, an additional 2,000 deaths per year can be attributed to the downsizing of cars required to meet the fuel efficiency standards.

Ah, well. So we die in the service of the state. At least California Attorney General Bill Lockyer got a nice press release out of it.

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