Using Trump’s Bad-Faith CAFE Standards Proposal to Better Understand Efficiency Rebound

By [email protected] The Trump Administration recently offered a new twist on an old claim about fuel efficiency standards.

For decades, opponents of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have argued that they would force Americans into smaller vehicles. But in justifying its latest proposal to freeze automobile fuel economy standards established in 2009 by the Obama administration, the Trump administration offered a novel argument: More fuel-efficient vehicles, the administration argued, would lower the cost of driving. This in turn would result in people driving more, resulting in increased vehicle injuries and fatalities.

The administration’s claim is half-right. More efficient energy technologies do

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