White House fuel efficiency rules didn't go far enough
The Kansas City Star
The Obama administration’s new rules on fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks didn’t go far enough.
The new standards for 2025 seeks to boost fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon. That would jump from 35.5 mpg set for 2016.
But the new rules should have been 110 mpg by 2025. It is no less achievable than President John Kennedy insisting in the early 1960s that the United States land a man on the moon before the decade was out and get that person home safely.
It happened because the U.S. dared to aim high. This country has to have great expectations now and set the fuel economy standard high for the rest of the world. It is the only way our planet, sick with greenhouse gases from people burning fossil fuels, is to get better.
In addition, President Barack Obama should lower the speed limit on highways to 55 mph, following in the shoes of President Richard Nixon. The horsepower in cars and trucks also should come down to make better mileage possible.