Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Obama's Emission Standards will Cost $ and Lives!

Photo Credit: Rush Limbaugh

Obama's new emissions standards are going to cost American taxpayers $1,300 per vehicle, each year. When you add that to the cost of the new cap and trade plan, which is anywhere from $700-$1400, the average taxpayer is going to be paying AT LEAST $2,000 more per year.

Besides the extra cost to taxpayers, there is also the cost in lives. Below is an excerpt from a post at Hot Air on what those costs are:
As for the increased motorist deaths, which the National Academy of Sciences once estimated at 1,300 to 2,600 in 1993 alone, even a less lethal estimate of 800 excess deaths annually is roughly the number of US troops killed annually during the peak years of the Iraq war. Indeed, the estimated cumulative death toll of 46,000 in 2001 suggests that CAFE standards inflict casualties on the magnitude of Vietnam. The lapdog media, however, does not devote time to reporting the grim milestones when people die in fuel-efficient cars.

Some people might claim that its worth fleecing the taxpayers $2,000 a year, if it means we can make a difference in "climate change". The problem is, there is no proof that it will. Another excerpt from Hot Air:
Environmentalists claim the new standards should cut carbon dioxide from tailpipes by 30 percent by 2016. Though that is unlikely, for the reason just stated, the fact remains that cars and light trucks subject to fuel economy standards make up only 1.5 percent of all global man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, Americans will be paying more for cars and continuing to die in ever-greater numbers on the road, all for less than one-half of one percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. It is almost as though hardcore greens want to save the planet by killing people, but are only accomplishing the killing part.

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