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By James Johnston

Johnston has produced a considerate, well-researched and documented paintings facing 3 problems with significant importance to trendy electorate: car gasoline potency, international warming and pollution. There are interesting insights into the method of laws and rules within the US executive. This publication might be required examining for a person with an curiosity in the environment, and challenge in regards to the appropriateness of the measures being taken to guard it.

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The Right to Choose Even if President Gerald Ford had successfully vetoed the bill setting up CAFE, people would still buy small cars. They should have that choice. p65 27 11/6/97, 7:10 PM MILES PER GALLON for occupants of other motor vehicles, but there is no plan to outlaw motorcycles—as there should not be. Bicycling in traffic can be dangerous, but it is permitted, even encouraged. Helmets, safe driving habits, and other concepts can save more lives, but people, not government, should have the basic right to choose their mode of transportation.

Sales of these vehicles fell from 200,000 annually to 80,000 in 1986, a severe financial blow for GM. Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Nissan jumped into the breach with their new Lexus and Infiniti models, substantially larger than any previous vehicles they had produced for export. The Germans made important gains with the BMW and Mercedes Benz. None of these manufacturers felt constrained by the CAFE law in what type of vehicles they sold in the United States. Only the full-line American manufacturers were affected, and for them, it was a severe problem.

And the price was right. S. car market was sharply declining, Japanese passenger cars began to take a larger share. S. passenger car market. 4 percent. 2 mpg. S. car was 4,400 pounds, and 58 percent of them were powered by an eight-cylinder engine. The Japanese models were considerably smaller, with an average weight of 2,500 pounds, and they were powered predominately by four-cylinder engines. Then came the next governmental intervention, this one from Washington. As mentioned above, the government wrung its hands over the “crisis” and produced the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), with its CAFE scheme and with its anticonservation rollback of domestic oil prices.

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