I always thought that when it comes to disease, safety, crime and other ills, prevention, not promotion, was the logical solution.
We are now confronted with the government's promotion of a new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard for the 2017-25 period, which will result in more than current levels of automobile injury and death in the future.
The White House, major automakers and regulators, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agreed to the CAFE plan in principle in July 2011. The final Environmental Impact Statement of the nearly 900 page proposal was issued in July 2012.
The laws of physics dictate that occupants of a bigger, heavier vehicle will be much safer when impacted by a smaller, lighter one. But who cares about safety when we can be in a automobile that gets 54.5 miles per gallon of fuel?
I also wonder what type of fuel would be required in the future and its cost. Hybrid vehicle drivers would be slightly safer due to the extra weight of the batteries and electric drive components. A large hybrid SUV might be a good choice after 2017 if tax credits are still available.
CLARENCE HOMI, Richland