THE AUTOMOBILE'S ROLE IN A NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY

This article calls attention to certain facts about the automobile and discusses their implications as regards a national energy policy. Briefly, these facts are as follows: (1) safety and emissions regulations already on the books are in direct conflict with improved fuel economy; (2) there is already a strong trend to smaller, lighter, more economical vehicles; (3) regulations designed to reduce fuel consumption of new cars would have only a very small effect in the next few years when the energy crisis will be most serious; (4) government policy mandating the use of small cars may not be in the public interest, since government supported studies show greater probability of serious injuries or death when smaller cars are involved in accidents; and (5) proposals to replace vehicles with some type of mass transit would have only limited effect on total energy consumption. It is concluded that (1) fuel economy regulations on new cars are not necessary, will have only a limited effect on fuel consumption, and can be counter-productive; and (2) a national energy policy should have the objectives of controlling waste whereever it occurs, promoting the most efficient use of various types of energy, and encouraging the development of new sources of energy.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 22-25

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  • Accession Number: 00095044
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1975 12:00AM