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Accident damage to a Saturn (Photo credit: Thomas Doerfer)

Mileage Standards and Unintended Consequences

Legislators and regulators need to observe a fundamental Golden Rule: Do not implement new laws if you have not considered or cannot control important unintended consequences. A perfect example is the Obama Administration’s plan to increase new car mileage standards, from the currently legislated requirement of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016 to 54.5 mpg by 2025, as an average across each automaker’s complete line of cars and light trucks. This will bring higher costs to both new and used care purchasers, as well as diminish car occupant safety in crashes.

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High-mileage vehicles not allowed in US

High-mileage vehicles not allowed in US

The video explains the difference in passenger car mileage between European countries and the US. I had heard from friends that travel regularly in Europe that European cars typically get higher mileage than comparable US automobiles, but I had no idea how much or why. I figured it probably had to do with government regulations and air quality demands. It’s much worse than that.

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