Sometimes truth is stranger that fiction. Imagine the chutzpah of former American Indian/Lawyer/Professor/2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in re-defining traffic accidents as “traffic violence.” Not only did this lead to a funny exchange of tweets, but points out how Elizabeth Warren is out of touch with reality.


I cannot help but believe that if someone asked Elizabeth Warren about CAFE standards, she would have a plan for that too, probably couched in the language of climate change, social justice, and subsidies for poor families that cannot afford safer cars.

Perhaps we should take a further look at the causes of death and traumatic injury in the context of government regulations which mandate conditions leading to tragedy.

1991 -- Auto Cafe Standards: Unsafe and Unwise at Any Level

Reacting to America's alleged excessive dependence on Middle East oil and to last fall's gasoline price increases, Congress is considering raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which mandate average minimum miles per gallon (mpg) for the fleet of automobiles sold in America by each manufacturer. The "Motor Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Act" (S. 279), introduced by Senator Richard Bryan, the Nevada Democrat, would increase the current 27.5 mpg standard to approximately 34 mpg by 1996 and approximately 40 mpg by 2001.

In any case, to meet higher CAFE standards American manufacturers will be forced to produce more smaller, lighter and therefore less safe cars. As it is, the current CAFE standards result in as many as 3,900 additional highway deaths per model-year fleet. The higher CAFE standards sought by the Bryan bill would force Americans truly to pay in blood, increasing the number of highway deaths attributable to CAFE by as much as 8,600 per model-year fleet. <Source>

2012 -- CAFE Standards Kill

At fault is a regulatory regime called Corporate Average Fuel Economy, commonly called CAFE standards. Congress mandated these rules in 1975, during a seemingly decade-long energy crisis. Washington generally has hiked CAFE standards in an ongoing effort to boost automobile efficiency. Lacking magic wands, car manufacturers spend money to obey these laws. And then — surprise! — up go sticker prices.

Team Obama is fueling these anticipated price hikes by boosting CAFE standards from 35.5 miles per gallon in 2016 to 54.5 MPG by 2025.

As they have for 37 years, car companies will follow these new rules by making cars thinner and lighter. Smaller, slighter vehicles get better mileage. But that hardly matters when a car smacks into a sycamore or slams head-on into another vehicle. That’s when most drivers would trade lower MPG for protective layers of thick steel.

The laws of physics are stubbornly impervious to Obama’s green slogans, no matter how abrasively he shouts them. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety concluded in 2007 that “None of the 15 vehicles with the lowest driver death rates is a small model. In contrast, 11 of the 16 vehicles with the highest death rates are mini or small models.”

According to the Brookings Institution, a 500-lb weight reduction of the average car increased annual highway fatalities by 2,200-3,900 and serious injuries by 11,000 to 19,500 per year. USA Today found that 7,700 deaths occurred for every mile per gallon gained in fuel economy standards. Smaller cars accounted for up to 12,144 deaths in 1997, 37% of all vehicle fatalities for that year.

How many deaths have resulted? Depending on which study you choose, the total ranges from 41,600 to 124,800. To that figure we can add between 352,000 and 624,000 people suffering serious injuries, including being crippled for life. In the past thirty years, fuel standards have become one of the major causes of death and misery in the United States — and one almost completely attributable to human stupidity and shortsightedness. <Source>

2019 -- Trump wants to freeze fuel economy standards and it's the right thing to do

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to freeze the ever-rising Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards at the current benchmark of 37 miles per gallon — suspending the increase to 51 miles that had been scheduled for 2025.

The federal CAFE standards were poorly forged weapons for an oil and gas war that Americans are no longer fighting. There are no long lines at gas stations. Hybrid cars and electric vehicles are rapidly gaining market share in a competitive, free-market race to lower emissions and raise fuel efficiency.

We should also note that this issue is one of those “evergreen” matters the politicians love as proponents and opponents rush to lobby legislators with campaign donations and other support. And, then there is the matter of intellectual honesty where the unions support the democrats rather than the consumers who purchase and service the vehicles that keep them employed and their pension funds solvent.

Bottom line…

America cannot afford four years of bigger government, higher taxes, fewer personal freedoms, and nonsensical regulations that lead to death and destruction. Considering the number of individuals killed or injured with a motor vehicle, perhaps the government should first solve that problem before turning to gun control.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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