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The Ethics of Fuel Efficiency

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According to common sense, Americans buying vehicles consider gas mileage when gas prices are high and largely ignore it when gas prices are high. As this is being written, gas prices are relatively low and hence gas mileage concerns are probably low on the list of most drivers. As such, it is not surprising that the Trump administration has decided to lower the mileage standards negotiated by the Obama administration and accepted by the vehicle manufacturers. This is also consistent with the Trump administration’s approach of trying to undo what Obama did, primarily because it was done by Obama. The Trump administration has defended its decision by contending that the standards are “wrong” and by claiming that the standards were set as a matter of politics. One reason in favor of undoing the plan to increase fuel efficiency in cars and light trucks is that the more efficient vehicles would, it is estimated, cost $1,000-$2,000 more. While this is a relatively small percentage of the. . .

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