Trump Administration Claims Improved Gas Mileage Will Result In More Deaths!

The Trump administration has baffled us by suggesting that more lives could be put in danger if future vehicles get better gas mileage.

A draft of the government’s fuel standards proposals prepared this summer and obtained by The Associated Press claims that, according to the Administration, people will drive more if their vehicles are more fuel efficient so this will put drivers at increased risk. On the flip side, if vehicles pollute more, people will drive them less and be involved in fewer crashes.

According to the draft, new vehicles will also be cheaper and heavier if they aren’t required to meet stringent fuel efficiency requirements. As such, more people will apparently buy them, resulting in a larger proportion of the population driving around in safer and newer vehicles. Apparently, this could save 1000 lives a year if fuel economy standards remain at 2020 levels.

“Allow me to be skeptical,” engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University, Giorgio Rizzoni said.

“To say that safety is a direct result of somehow freezing the fuel economy mandate for a few years, I think that’s a stretch.”

Experts also say that the weight difference between vehicles under fuel standards from the Obama and Trump administrations would be minimal, shooting down the logic that heavier vehicles are inherently safer than lighter vehicles. The proposal fails to acknowledge the lives that would be saved from reduced pollution.

The Trump administration’s proposal would require an automaker’s vehicle fleet to average roughly 30 mpg in real-world driving, a figure that wouldn’t change through 2026. The existing corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) implemented by Obama has these fleet-wide averages set to roughly 50 mpg by 2025.

  • fabri99

    …Sure. Political views aside, even a three year old would be more logical.

    • AGREED. IT WOULD BE NICE IF THIS SITE STOP POSTING PICTURES OF THIS CLOWN, WE SEE IT ENOUGH.

  • TrevP

    I wonder how much he got from the oil companies.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      It was a yuge amount. He makes the best deals, the best deals.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Easily the dumbest administration in recent history.

  • Matthew Daraei
  • roy

    Wat now?

  • ErnieB

    Just when you think they couldn’t say anything dumber they deliver something dumber.. unbelievable!

    • Enter Ranting

      There is no bottom to this administration.

  • Charles Lane

    So then with this theory all electric cars should be banned bc you just get in them and drive until you get in a wreck or the wheels fall off.

    • Matt

      Or you run out of charge..

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      EV. Longevity is low. Go to Yourube channel Rich Rebuilds. That guy buys and fixes Teslas. The amount of times battery packs and drive units fail under warranty is an eye opener. Out of warranty would bring on many sleepless nights for owners.

      • S3XY

        My Dad’s Tesla has had ZERO battery or drivetrain failures and neither has mine.

        • Mr. EP9

          Nobody cares.

        • Eagle By Singer

          Guess who’s back, back again.

        • Perry F. Bruns

          The plural of anecdote is not data.

  • Brent Morrison

    Sorry, but he is somewhat right. There are people out there that hesitate driving their vehicles because they are gas guzzlers.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      I don’t think it’s ridiculous either. Another point is if you think your car will sip fuel you might be s but more liberal with the lead foot. Look how SUV’s have dumbed down driving skills because people sit higher and feel safer.

      • Perry F. Bruns

        SUVs are not a model of efficiency, though and there are plenty of lead-footed SUV drivers around.

        And then there are the coal-rollers in pickups.

    • Enter Ranting

      So people with efficient cars just aimlessly drive around to use up the same amount of fuel as a gas guzzler? The answer is no. They don’t. Drumpf is a corrupt, incompetent, traitorous imbecile.

      • Brent Morrison

        They do drive more because they will take more road trips. Those trips would not be as expensive but at an increased risk at getting into a car accident. Are you dumb?

  • willhaven

    What a schmuck.

  • Seats & a steering wheel

    I’ve been saying for a while, that some of the measures used to achieve ultra low emissions and fuel consumption will lead to lower vehicle longevity and possibly negate the environmental benefit in the long term. Auto/start stop for example damages engine components prematurely. Alternators cannot cope. Small capacity turbo charged engines that need to work hard simply won’t last the distance of a larger capacity n/a engine. Generators in hybrids, battery pack/drive units in EV’s are super expensive and fail often and in a relatively short time. There is definitely a downside which rarely gets mentioned. If Giorgio Rizzoni believes his feather weight Prius C will provide greater protection over a new Dodge Charger or Chevy Silverado, I have News for him…

    • willhaven

      I believe the materials technology has caught up and turbocharged engines can be plenty reliable without the issues of yesteryear (mainly failed turbo seals and shot bearings).

      I can’t speak on hybrids because I have no experience, but I’ve owned many turbocharged cars and I’ve never experienced maintenance issues related to the engine components. Granted that this is an anecdotal experience, the Japanese have been producing small displacement turbocharged engines for decades with minimal issues.

      Start/stop is another story – there’s no way that the starter motor can handle the constant abuse of stop and go traffic for 4+ years. If the technology were supplies in my car, I’d disable it immediately.

    • Brent Morrison

      How about the energy and resources to develop and dispose them?

  • ErnieB

    I agree that he is not dumb.. on the contrary, he is smart conning man with power and wealth.. he knows exactly what he is doing and knows what dumb Sh!t to say to get his followers to understand and get behind him.. isn’t that the recipe for a dictator?

    • Youredumb

      Considering he didn’t know the difference between hpv and hiv.

  • DantesLegions

    Let’s make cars less fuel efficient so that people drive less = Less road deaths. WOW.

  • Merc1

    It’s an incredibly stupid argument. That is the problem, he doesn’t have many intelligent people in his administration. I mean if we’re going to use this logic then why not start restricting hp, days you drive, to makes driving safer? You wouldn’t do that because it’s dumb. Safety and fuel efficiency can be improved at the same time. Sure it adds cost, but the average new car is already at 35K now anyways. This is nothing but a reprieve for lazy and inept American car companies that can’t engineer a car to meet the proposed standards while making a profit.

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  • Honda NSX-R

    I have a feeling that the people that do not want to drive their gas guzzlers that often will just drive their other car which gets better gas mileage. Those people the administration is talking about have seem to have more money than the average consumer

  • john1168

    “Technically”, what he’s saying is, if it costs more to drive, you’ll probably drive less. And since you’ll be driving less, your chances of getting in an auto accident are reduced and hence, you’re safer.

    “In reality”, what he’s saying is a load of crap. It’s semantics. It’s like one person who picks certain statistics to make a point and then someone else picks a different bunch of statistics to prove against the first persons point. So, this is HIS statistics/theory/logic proving HIS point. The USA is a very car oriented society. As a lot of other countries are too. But regardless of how much it costs to drive, people are still going to do it. Many HAVE TO. Now, the higher costs of driving may force more cities and areas to further develop mass transit solutions but until that happens (and it won’t anytime soon as it costs money for areas to do so) people are still going to drive the same amount. And probably more as time goes on.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I’m waiting for him to say that starvation is a good fix for the obesity epidemic. I mean, technically, amputation causes weight loss too, but the drawbacks tend to outweigh the benefits.

      • john1168

        I seriously laughed out loud when I read this. XD Let’s not encourage him shall we LMAO

    • IN NYC THE GOVERNOR WANTS TO CHARGE DRIVERS A FEE IF THEY ENTER MIDTOWN SAYING THAT FEE WILL HELP IMPROVE THE SUBWAY. PROBLEM IS IT TAKES 7-8 MONTHS JUST TO RENOVATE A STATION AND 15+ YEARS TO ACTUALLY BUILD A NEW ONE. POINT BEING WAITING FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE IDEAL ISN’T THE ONLY AREA WE NEED TO RELY ON. GETTING THE BEST FUEL ECONOMY POSSIBLE IS NECESSARY.

      • john1168

        Agreed! People still need to be transported. And if they reduce their driving then the use of mass transit has to increase. But it takes lots of time and lots of money to increase mass transit. So increasing fuel economy is a good idea. It shouldn’t be so high that it’s an unobtainable goal but it does need to increase.

  • TheHake

    The South African minister of transport suggested to the public that they should switch off the headlights of their cars while driving at night to save fuel…

  • Matthew Daraei

    I hate Hillary, and know that doesn’t matter if a candidate for US presidency is a democrat , or republican. Both sides are horrible, but what is obvious, is that this orange buffoon has stolen the prize of the most stupid president, even from Bush, and Obama.

  • Enter Ranting

    His father? The KKK member?

  • Emoto

    Freezing the 2020 standards is a good idea. Car makers will continue to make more efficient vehicles as a competitive advantage to capture that demographic. There is no need to have environmental extremists dictating how we live.

  • Enter Ranting

    Here’s the thing, though: he DOESN’T understand $$$. He sent three casinos into bankruptcy. He couldn’t sell vodka OR steak to Americans. His airline failed. His football team failed. His vitamin pyramid scheme failed. American banks cut him off. He’s a lousy businessman.

  • Enter Ranting

    If we quit using renewable energy sources and go back to coal-fired power plants, there will be fewer electrocution deaths because people will use less electricity.

  • Hans_Remore

    Most cars these days are pretty darn fuel efficient already, but they are creeping up in price every year, as dictated by lenders willing to lend 8 year loans. Stricter fuel effficiency requirements means more R&D, which would presumably keep prices higher. As a result, people would hold off on replacing their aging cars with these newer (more fuel efficient?) cars and drive them ragged. Ragged cars are dangerous on the road to the driver and his/her surroundings.

  • IT WORKED FOR HIM IN SMALL DOSES BUT ON A NATIONAL LEVEL HE’S SIMPLY OUT OF HIS ELEMENT.

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