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EPA endorses Government Motors' Chevy Volt

A series of articles recently have come out on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Plans (EPA) to start issuing Letter Grades for the efficiency of cars.  The letter grade system seems to be an attempt by the EPA to get Americans to purchase a Government Motors Car, The Chevy Volt.

Could this new, unilaterally introduced regulation be nothing more than a marketing campaign by Government Motors to support its unpopular electric car that has all the features of a bare necessity car at luxury car prices?  (The Chevy Volt costs $41,000 and would pay for itself in, say, 20 years or more)

We at the Freedomist are very enthusiastic to support self-sustaining technologies that empower Americans to make decisions for themselves, but a government agency coming up with a marketing strategy through forced regs on American citizens IS NOT what we had in mind.

Share your opinion with the EPA on its plans to use its agency to sell a Government Motors (GM) vehicle, the Chevy Volt:

http://yosemite.epa.gov/ee/epa/eed.nsf/comment?openform

Make Your Voice Heard- tell the EPA where they can put their attempt to sell a Government Motors Car (GM) by emailing them here: newlabels@epa.gov.

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From the EPA website itself:

EPA Asks For Your Input In New Fuel Economy Labels for Cars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation are asking the public what information they need to make the best economic and environmental decisions when buying a new car. The two agencies are proposing changes to the fuel economy labels consumers see on the window of every new vehicle in dealer showrooms.

The new labels are designed to provide consumers with simple, straightforward energy and environmental information for all types of vehicles, including electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and regular gas-powered vehicles.

Learn more and find out how you can view the proposed changes and offer your feedback.

Make Your Voice Heard- tell the EPA where they can put their attempt to sell a Government Motors Car (GM) by emailing them here: newlabels@epa.gov.

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Here are three key articles that outline the details of this emerging controversy:

  1.  From WSJ- the details of the plan
  2. From Hotair- how GM will benefit
  3. From Edmonds- how the American public overwhelmingly doesn’t want the grading OR the overpriced electric car

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703369704575461602043868916.html

The government proposed labeling each new passenger vehicle with a letter grade from A to D based on its fuel efficiency and emissions, part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to promote electric cars and other advanced-technology vehicles.

 

The proposed new rules, released jointly Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department, would be the most substantial change in 30 years to the familiar price-and-mileage labels affixed to the windows of new cars at dealerships.

 

Currently, the labels must show how many miles per gallon a car gets and its estimated annual fuel cost. Under the proposed changes, a new label design would carry a large letter grade assigned by regulators.

 

Under the system, the only cars that would receive an A-plus, A or A-minus would be electrics and plug-in hybrids, the government said.

Many compact and midsize vehicles would get Bs, while bigger and more powerful models such as sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks would get Cs or C-minuses because they burn more petroleum and pump out more carbon dioxide, officials said.

 

 

Make Your Voice Heard- tell the EPA where they can put their attempt to sell a Government Motors Car (GM) by emailing them here: newlabels@epa.gov.

 

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2010/09/13/obama-wants-to-grade-your-car-and-your-lifestyle/

Who benefits? Government Motors and their electric lemon, the Chevy Volt — “a vehicle that costs $41,000 but offers the performance and interior space of a $15,000 economy car.” Even in the Obama administration’s ill-advised (and thus seemingly politically-motivated) IPO, the US government is selling only enough equity to relinquish its controlling stake. That the EPA gives no weight to the purchase cost in its grading system tells you that the proposal is not about consumers making more informed choices. That the enviro-friendly Obama administration does not propose labels informing consumers of the environmental impact of the (typically coal-generated) electricity used to charge electric cars helps stack the deck further.

Make Your Voice Heard- tell the EPA where they can put their attempt to sell a Government Motors Car (GM) by emailing them here: newlabels@epa.gov.

http://blogs.edmunds.com/greencaradvisor/2010/09/edmunds-poll-consumers-reject-epa-report-card-label-proposal.html

Edmunds Poll: Consumers Reject EPA ‘Report Card’ Label Proposal

We Send Results to EPA, Launch New Poll Seeking More on What Consumers Want

The EPA asked, and Edmunds’ users responded, overwhelmingly rejecting the idea of using a letter grade, to rate new passenger vehicles for fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness.

The results of the poll – only 18 percent in favor of the letter grade, akin to an elementary-school report card except it wraps everything into a single grade and doesn’t compare vehicles by class – are being sent by Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

Make Your Voice Heard- tell the EPA where they can put their attempt to sell a Government Motors Car (GM) by emailing them here: newlabels@epa.gov.

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