Good News, Gas Prices are going up:

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Good News, Gas Prices are going up:
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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 10:18am

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 11:37am
I don't know if you can see this post... but I couldn't see Libra's post or mine until I changed browsers. Was using IE, now have to use Google Chrome (only for this thread, go figure.)

 

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 11:42am

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 1:35pm
Between the posts and threads of yesterday, I sense a lack of sincerity in your posts. From what you said about deleting your stories because you didn't get enough replies... I think that's what you're looking for here, instead of actual debate that come from true feelings and thoughts.

 

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 7:50pm

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Thu, 04-21-2011 - 8:59pm
CAFE has no accent over it. It has indeed led to many deaths, and many more injuries. Light cars are inherently more dangerous than heavy cars.

Our administration has increased CAFE standards, which will increase needless deaths, and injuries. This is indeed blood for oil.

The mini-van and SUV were market responses to CAFE. The death of the traditional station wagon was also a result of CAFE.

As a conservative I believe in the laws of momentum, and that generally larger bodies suffer less in collisions of all types. Mass is a law of physics that can't be undone by human legislation.

A large (over 6,000 lb) 4 wheel drive SUV is probably the safest vehicle to drive or be a passenger in on the road. A medium or small SUV is likely more dangerous than a mini-van. Small 2 wheel drive SUV's like small compact cars are dangerous. We rarely hear about this.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/death_by_cafe_standards.html

Studies have repeatedly demonstrated the fatal results of mileage regulations, starting in 1989 with the Brookings Institution (in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health), followed by USA Today in 1999, the National Academy of Sciences in 2001, and at last the federal government's own National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration in 2003. This formidable lineup of organizations all came to the same conclusion: Fuel standards kill.

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 and 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. The National Academy of Sciences found that smaller, lighter vehicles "probably resulted in an additional 1,300 to 2,600 traffic fatalities in 1993." The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration study demonstrated that reducing a vehicle's weight by only one hundred pounds increased the fatality rate by as much as 5.63% for light cars, 4.70% for heavier cars, and 3.06% for light trucks. These rates translated into additional traffic fatalities of 13,608 for light cars, 10,884 for heavier cars, and 14,705 for light trucks between 1996 and 1999.

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.
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Fri, 04-22-2011 - 12:15pm

It depends on WHY the gas prices are going up.

 nwtreehugger  

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Fri, 04-22-2011 - 12:19pm
People will hit various solid structures from telephone poles, to bridge supports, aside from other cars. Large trucks, will be large, regardless of CAFE.

The result of smaller cars is more deaths on the road. CAFE has killed many more people than higher speed limits.

I would like the government to get out of the MPG business, and restrict it's concern to safety. Occasionally federal rules have been waived for a high MPG vehicle. I'd rather see the government less concerned about MPG and more concerned about safety.

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