Feds Need to Switch Gears on Fuel Economy

Newspaper editorial supportive of EPA plans to revamp new car mileage estimates, but also wants to see CAFE standards raised gradually ove ten years.

Published: 20-Jan-2006

If you want an outlandish example of looking at the world through rose-colored glasses, how about the federal Environmental Protection Agency's setting of vehicle mileage ratings?

We're referring, of course, to those prominently displayed window stickers specifying estimated city and highway mileage for new passenger cars and trucks on display in dealers' showrooms.

It's been obvious for years that those ratings aren't an accurate gauge of gasoline consumption. The ratings are generally high, and often way too high.

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