From The American Machinist website, via Quick Manufacturing News.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are set to mandate cuts in fuel emissions ranging from 10 to 20 percent starting in 2014, for a full range of gas and diesel trucks, both on- and off-highway models. The full impact of the proposal would not be felt until 2018, at which time the vehicle manufacturers would be expected to have raised their average fuel-efficiency rating from 6 to 8 mpg.
The government has issued a decreee. You WILL invent a semi-tractor that gets an average of 8 miles per gallon.
These are the people who can't consistently deliver Sports Freakin' Illustrated to East Fort Worth.
These are the people who can't go in, kick the snot out of some nomads on camels, declare themselves the winners and get the hell out of Afghanistan.
After hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart's fleet of relief supplies beat them into New Orleans.
What could cause them to throw down an edict like this one?
Back to The American Machinist....
...In their announcement, EPA and DOT projected that their comprehensive program will “reduce GHG emissions by about 250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicles produced within the program’s first five years.”
And how much energy will be consumed in the production of these new miracle trucks? The article doesn't say.
But overall, it's bullshit. If the trucking industry can find a tractor whose fuel economy justifies the purchase of a new truck, the trucking industry will buy that truck. It's that simple.
What could possibly be behind this insanity?
Responding to the announcement, diesel engine and truck manufacturer Navistar International asserted its ongoing fuel-efficiency improvement and GHG reduction initiatives, and affirmed willingness to working with the federal government.
Ahhhh...now we're getting somewhere. Can you believe that a truck manufacturer, someone in the business of selling new trucks, has actually affirmed its willingness to work with the federal government in forcing truckers to buy their new wonder trucks?
Go here to see a list of the government's employees that Navstar is "working with" by giving them lots of money.
Go here to learn about an economic concept called Regulatory Capture.
“While it’s too soon to evaluate all elements of the proposed regulations, we are committed to engaging with the EPA and DOT on this issue,” stated Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and CEO. “We look forward to working together with government and industry leaders in the months ahead to implement changes that will benefit the customers and communities we serve with cleaner, more fuel efficient commercial vehicles.”
This farce is going to make Cash For Clunkers look like The Louisiana Purchase.
Another major engine builder, Cummins Inc., expressed support for the regulatory proposal, too.
A shocker, I know. But yes, Cummins Diesel is supporting a proposal that forces people to buy their newer products.
“For some time now, Cummins has advocated for consistent and responsible regulations that recognize the needs of business, offer clear direction and provide incentives...
....provide incentives..... That's another phrase for "Giving Cummins Diesel Your Money"....Go here for a summary of the campaign donations they've made in exchange for (ahem) incentives.
....to companies that create innovative technologies as well as jobs in this country,” stated Cummins Engine Business President Rich Freeland. “We look forward to working with the EPA, DOT and other stakeholders in developing the final rule.”
Didn't you just know that they would all have a seat at the table, and that they would all look forward to sitting down around it? The manufacturers, the regulators, and their whores. Can you believe that Rich Freeland referred to that unholy crew as "the stakeholders" ????
Everybody will be there, working together in a bipartisan fashion to screw the people who actually purchase and operate the damn trucks.