Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Compromise? You Die!

The ObozoGummint has decreed that CAFE will be 56++ MPG by 2020, or some such date.

That means smaller cars. It ain't gonna happen with electric vehicles, folks.

You like smaller cars?

In 1999, USA Today reported that CAFE standards had been responsible for 46,000 deaths since 1978. In 2003, a study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration found that reducing a vehicle’s weight by 100 pounds increased fatality rates 3 percent for light trucks, 4.7 percent for big cars, and 5.6 percent for small cars.

Think again.

12 comments:

Amy said...

Double bonus: Think of all the money they'll save on Obamacare by not having to treat people killed in car crashes!

neomom said...

The envirowhacko goal IS population control...

Anonymous said...

I am willing to concede that CAFE standards is ONE of SEVERAL reasons why fatality rates have increased during that time frame. Weather conditions, impaired drivers, the models involved in those actual accidents (e.g. SUV vs. compact, midsize vs. midsize), all play roles. But to make the claim CAFE is THE or MAJOR reason for increased deaths is taking matters to the extreme.

Anonymous said...

More reason to cast thy vote for Rick Santorum. He alone can rescue us from the madness.

Dad29 said...

Weather conditions, impaired drivers

Neither is valid; your statement implies that 'weather' has gotten worse (?) and that 'frequency of impaired drivers' has increased since, say, 1960. Nope.

It isn't CAFE per se; it is reduced weight.

Anonymous said...

Dad29, think about it. Each accident situation is unique. A snowstorm may have caused a Car A, whose driver was going too fast, to hit Car B. A drunken fool in Car B may have hit Car A and Car C. In both cases, the makes/models involved MAY have been reduced in weight. The accidents result in fatalities. So what caused those deaths? Lighter weight of cars? Poor weather? Impaired driver? So there is validity to what I am saying. All factors played a role.

Dad29 said...

The aggregate number is what counts for "weather" and "impaired".

If you wish to deconstruct the study, feel free to do so. Don't pretend that "weather" and "drunks" have gotten worse, statistically, than they were 20, 30, 40, years ago.

Fact: reduced-weight means reduced-crash-resistance.

John Foust said...

Whatever you do, don't google "Santorum".

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

"So what caused those deaths? Lighter weight of cars? Poor weather? Impaired driver? So there is validity to what I am saying. All factors played a role."

So the real argument is that survivability decreases in smaller cars no matter what.

CAFE is mandating smaller cars...

John Foust said...

That's strange... Dad29 doesn't ridicule Anony's powers of logic...

Anonymous said...

"Don't pretend that "weather" and "drunks" have gotten worse..."

Dad29, please read for meaning. I never stated nor made that implication.

Fact--Auto-related fatalities are the result of a myriad of factors.


Anony 7:18--Survivability MAY decrease in smaller cars. Depends if the person in that vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, whether the car was hit in the side, in the back, or in the front, how fast each car was going. Again, MANY factors involved.


JohnFoust--Looks like our resident deranged anony is at it again.