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Obama calling for fuel standards for big vehicles

Published: Tue, August 9, 2011 @ 9:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fire trucks and concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trapping gases under new efficiency standards being announced today by President Barack Obama.

The White House says the standards the president was announcing will save businesses billions of dollars in fuel costs, help reduce oil consumption and cut air pollution. The standards apply to vehicle model years 2014 to 2018.

Senior administration officials said the new targets affect three categories of vehicles.

Big rigs or semis will have to slash fuel consumption and production of heat-trapping gases by up to 23 percent. Gasoline-powered heavy-duty pickups and vans will have to cut consumption by 10 percent, or by 15 percent if the vehicles run on diesel fuel.


1georgejeanie(1107 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The messiah better worry about the economy, riots in the streets, the border, peoples 401ks etc, b/4 worr ying how he is going to screwup the trucking industryworse than it already is screwed up

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago


Why is getting better gas milage such a bad thing?

401k are a lot better now then when Obama took office. I know mine has recovered all of what I lost undr Bushy.

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3USNBOY(76 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

It amazes me that a man that has never worked HARD a day in his life can put restrictions on equipment that people use to make a living. Besides the fact that this suit monkey is creating laws that effects something he knows NOTHING about, What are they going to do to the engines to these "obamafied" trucks? What will that mean as far as producing horsepower, torque, etc? Will the payload be decreased?

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4crimelander(122 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Who wrote this article? Seems like it was plucked from two years ago when the environmental distortion was still believable.

Let's see, if we want to cut foreign oil consumption, then quit buying their oil. Manufacture, mine and drill domestically.

If we want to cut down on greenhouse gases and the heating effect, then we need to stop it with the chemtrails and aerial spraying.

It's funny that carbon dioxide is such and evil thing to the Obamacrats. Symbiotic relationship with carbon dioxide and plant life. More of it = more plants, faster and lusher growth.

Diesel powered vehicles, vans and heavy duty trucks are primarily tools of industry, especially small businesses. This will be yet another pricey cost increase to already overpriced vehicles. Oh wait they aren't overpriced, that's just the lack of buying power of the dollar.

Anything that massively causes price increases isn't suitable at this time.

Here's an idea to reduce fuel consumption, get rid of all the pansy safety crap. Probably can cut 500 pounds off of many vehicles by removing related dead weight. I'd buy a vehicle that was much cheaper without all the safety and other accessories. Funny, due to regulations you can't buy any such vehicles new in the United States. Has dual effect of keeping new auto makers out of the market due to millions needed for "safety" testing.

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5USNBOY(76 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

They are required to carry safety equipment because the cars built now are made with cheap, paper thin, sheet metal and plastic. They wouldn't let them build them. They would be death traps. I would LOVE to see them get rid of all the emissions crap they put in these cars. The cars coming off the line nowadays are so choked out its disgusting and its all because of the emissions laws. Thank God for the aftermarket! New performance intake, headers, and exhaust to open those engines up and let them breathe and they'll run like a different car.

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