Friday, August 17, 2012

Canada: Mitt-iot

Toronto Star

Green Wheels: Fuel efficiency drive threatened by Mitt-iot 

By Peter Gorrie

A hockey-playing friend came up with a fabulous U.S. election gimmick — a pair of mittens, connected by a short string.

Hold them in front of you with fists closed and each shows the word, “Idiot.”
Opening them reveals on both palms: “Mitt.”

Genius: If only my friend had $500,000 for a Chinese manufacturer, these things would be all over the campaign trail.

They seemed particularly appropriate when I read U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about the increasingly stringent standards known as the Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency regulations, or CAFE, being imposed in the United States that Canada is mimicking.

The current round of gasoline-consumption cuts began in 2011 and they deepen annually until 2016. The U.S. government, carmakers and unions have negotiated further reductions to 2025.

As I wrote last week, the new standards would ensure consumption drops substantially, even if buyers continue to choose larger cars over fuel-sipping econoboxes — a positive development, unless you own an oil company.

But there is a big qualification in this.

In part, it’s because of Romney.

He’s against the CAFE regulations. 

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