Auto industry burns, Obama tunes up fiddle.

Obama to unveil big increase in required mpg
New rule will set 42 mpg for cars starting in 2016, sources say

Obama was elected as president of “these” United States right? Then why does it seem that he lives in another universe. While the auto industry goes down in flames Obama is tuning his fiddle up for what can only be a dirge; while simultaneously throwing gas on the fire.

In a not so rare moment of disconnect the Obama administration is prepared to deal the auto industry what may be the fatal blow. I can only wonder what his ulterior motives are. The MSNBC article begins:

WASHINGTON - New cars and trucks will have to get 30 percent better mileage starting in 2016 under an Obama administration move to curb emissions tied to smog and global warming, sources said Monday.

Again with the Global Warming, hasn’t anyone bothered to tell Obama that the jury is still out on this? Apparently not.

President Barack Obama was expected to adopt the higher mileage standards on Tuesday, administration sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.

The new requirement will mark the first time that limits on greenhouse gases will be linked to federal standards for cars and light trucks.

It will also mark the beginning of the end of the auto industry as we have known it. With the big three already struggling it seems that retooling in a down economy would be a less than wise decision. Granted they will have no choice but to comply after sucking up billions of tax payer dollars but it is no less dubious a course to pursue.

While the 30 percent increase would be an average for both cars and light trucks, the percentage increase in cars would be much greater, rising from the current 27.5 mpg standard to 42 mpg starting in 2016. The average for light trucks would rise from 24 mpg to 26.2 mpg.

This seems a bit questionable from an environmentalist whack job perspective. They have maintained that trucks and SUV’s are the greatest of the gas guzzlers and yet they are only slated to improve mileage by a paltry 2.2 miles per gallon. Seems a bit toothless and anemic to me. Unless you intend to force car makers to build only cars...

California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia had earlier urged the federal government to let them enact more stringent standards than the federal government's requirements. The states' regulations would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent in new cars and trucks by 2016.

Will phase in new standards
Administration sources said the Obama administration will adopt the 30 percent goal with the 2016 deadline, and will phase it in starting with 2011 vehicle models.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat and chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, thanked the Obama administration for bringing together "the federal government, the State of California, and the auto industry behind new national automobile emissions standards that follow California’s lead.

Okay, here is where I draw the line. We do not want to go where California is leading. The have the dubious distinction of being the most over regulated and fiscally malfeasant state in the union. We should probably go the opposite direction of California with great haste.

"This is good news for all of us who have fought long and hard to reduce global warming pollution, create clean energy jobs, and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil," she added.

I hope this creates a lot of green jobs because it is certainly going to kill a lot of auto industry jobs.

Environmentalists also praised the move. Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, called it "one of the most significant efforts undertaken by any president, ever, to end our addiction to oil and seriously slash our global warming emissions."

If environmentalists praise it you know it has to be bad for the rest of us. These guys won’t be happy until we are all living in grass huts, cooking our soy burgers with solar reflectors, wiping our rears with recycled corn husks and using tandem bikes for public transportation.

Daniel Weiss, director of climate strategy at the Center for American Progress, described it as "a triple play: It will help move America off foreign oil, save families money and spur American businesses to take the lead in developing the job-creating, clean-energy technologies of the future."

We could move off of foreign oil by developing our own sources of domestic oil. Wait, the environmentalists have blocked that. So which is it, on or off of foreign oil? Please pick one so I know how to most effectively discredit you.

With Chrysler already in the throws of bankruptcy and GM poised to take the plunge the question of the day has to be: Who will be left to build these fuel efficient cars?

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