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The Not Too Distant Future Sticker-Shock

You know, you're just not paying quite enough yet at the grocery or the department stores. As a matter of fact, Obama has an app for that...

WASHINGTON–President Obama announced the first-ever fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for long-haul rigs, work trucks, and other heavy duty vehicles Tuesday, the second mileage pact with manufacturers in less than a month.

The regulations call for reductions on fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2018 of 9 to 23 percent, depending on the type of vehicle. Trucks and other heavy vehicles make up only 4 percent of the domestic vehicle fleet, but given the distance they travel, the time they spend idling and their low fuel efficiency, they end up consuming about 20% of all vehicle fuel, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Experts say that a 20 percent reduction in heavy vehicle emissions would boost fuel efficiency to an average of 8 miles per gallon from 6 miles now.

EVERYTHING we eat, wear, use in our daily lives is hauled by trucks from point A to point B to point C and all along the points in its trek from ingredients to production to distribution to market so that we can purchase goods. While these big rigs (and their drivers/companies) fork-over even more money into meeting these new CAFE standards they also pass along the new strain of doing business to points A, B, C, etc. Those people pass on the cost to the consumers. And it is the same whenever a new tax is imposed on such things. The consumer really does end up paying the price ... unless the consumer stops shopping, and said businesses all the way back to point A lay-off employees or simply chain and padlock the doors and board-up the windows for good. And this includes the trucking companies/drivers.

Either this administration doesn't understand the basic hand-in-hand relationship between the economy and businesses making this nation the success it has been ... Or it does and is deliberately fighting against all parties involved, including the consumer (see: American people).

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