What is the goal of MPG mandates?


The failure of Europe to meet its fuel efficiency targets (see previous blog) raises the larger question for similar U.S. regulations: What is the point?


Despite 12 years of concerted European Commission efforts to increase fuel efficiency to 42 mpg (well short of the 2008 goal of 48 mpg and well off the ultimate 2012 goal of 62 mpg), “Europe’s transport sector carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 26% since 1990, the Kyoto baseline year,” notes Marlo Lewis. And Europe’s total CO2 emissions are still on the upswing and nowhere near meeting Kyoto goals (as Chris Horner notes here).


How about oil dependence? Europe’s transportation sector is still over 90 percent dependent on foreign sources for its oil.


Like U.S. CAFÉ laws, which in 30 years have done little to inhibit increases in U.S. oil consumption and oil imports, the EC insists on pursuing a path of futile regulation at enormous expense to manufacturers.


The purpose of such laws, apparently, is simply to perpetuate bureaucratic power.


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