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    Why DOE Is Wasting $45 Million of Your Money

    Last week we wrote about the Department of Energy (DOE) wastefully spending $45 million in taxpayer dollars on advanced transportation technologies. The federal government spending taxpayer dollars on activities the private sector should be financing is nothing new, but another big part of the problem is that these investments stem … More

    Can’t Afford a New Car? Washington Partly to Blame

    The average price of a new car in 2012 was $30,500. Wondering why? One contributing factor is the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. All models from a single manufacturer must reach an average of 35.3 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025. The current … More

    Obama Has NOT Doubled the Nation’s Fuel Economy

    President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night was full of good intentions, bad policy, and suspect claims. He said, for example, that “We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas.” Obama has imposed a mandate that aims to basically double fuel economy … More

    Morning Bell: The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012

    It seems that no aspect of American life can escape government regulation. In the past year, regulators drafted rules that addressed everything from caloric intake to dishwasher efficiency. Most of these rules increase the cost of living, others hinder job creation, and many erode freedom. Not all regulations are unwarranted, … More

    New Auto Efficiency Regs: Special Interests Win, Consumers Lose

    The federal government finalized new automobile efficiency rules today for cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025. The rules require an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) in 2025. Proponents of the rule advertise the more stringent mpg standard as a win for producers, consumers, and … More

    Why Does Obama Want to Destroy 265,000 Jobs?

    Just how many jobs does President Barack Obama want to destroy in the name of going green? According to a new report by The Center for Automotive Research, the number could be as high as 264,500 jobs lost just from new automobile fuel efficiency standards being considered by the Environmental … More

    Get Out of Your SUV and Take the Green Bus

    Over 2,500 business leaders are flying in from around the world on carbon-spewing planes to the Swiss ski resort Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF). If they were planning on taking a sports utility vehicle (SUV) or a limousine from the airport to the resort, they better think again: … More

    New Vehicle Standards Mean High Priced and Unsafe Cars Americans Don’t Want

    Take good care of your current car. Given what the proposed Environmental Protection Agency/Department of Transportation regulations are going to do to new vehicles, you may want to hang on to it for as long as possible. Pursuant to federal law as well as a 2007 Supreme Court case, these … More

    News Flash: Obama-Appointed GM CEO Supports Obama

    Here’s a shocker. Among the cheerleaders for President Obama’s plan to increase federal fuel efficiency mandates were General Motors and Chrysler — two companies that are, at the moment, virtually run by the federal government itself. GM’s Fritz Henderson, who was made CEO when Rick Wagoner was effectively fired by … More