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Obama: Fuel-efficient cars an answer to gas prices

By Jim Kuhnhenn

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:51 a.m. HST, Mar 03, 2012

WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama says higher auto mileage standards set under his administration and better cars built by a resurgent U.S. auto industry will save money at the gas pump over the long term, a counterpoint to Republican criticism of his energy policy.

In his weekly radio and online address Saturday, Obama said Detroit automakers are on track to build cars that average nearly 55 miles per gallon by 2025, doubling current mileage standards.

"That means folks will be able to fill up every two weeks instead of every week, saving the typical family more than $8,000 at the pump over time," he said. "That's a big deal, especially as families are yet again feeling the pinch from rising gas prices."

During the past several weeks, Obama has been eager to appear aggressive in the face of rising gasoline prices even as he reminds audiences that there is no simple, immediate solution that will reverse the current spike in prices.

"What's happening in Detroit will make a difference. But it won't solve everything," Obama said. "There's no silver bullet for avoiding spikes in gas prices every year."

By drawing attention to the auto industry, Obama looked to highlight both his efforts to improve fuel efficiency as well as his role in helping rescue General Motors and Chrysler. He also reiterated his call to end oil and gas company tax breaks and government subsidies that average about $4 billion a year.

Rising oil prices have become a concern at the White House, where Obama aides worry they could hurt an economic recovery that has been improving and also harm the president's re-election prospects.

Oil prices typical rise in the spring, but they have spiked to heights unseen at this this time of year, hastened by increased tensions over Iran's nuclear program. Gasoline prices reached $3.74 a gallon on Friday, a record at this point in the calendar but still shy of the high point of $4.11 hit in July 2008.

In Saturday's Republican address, Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington said a meeting this week among Obama and House and Senate leaders from both parties "provided a glimmer of new hope that the president and the Democratic-controlled Senate may finally act on some bipartisan energy bills" already passed by the Republican-controlled House.

Still, Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, faulted Obama for not doing more to increase domestic oil and gas production, for opposing drilling on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for blocking a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline and for imposing regulations on energy producers.

"The president, who campaigned on a promise to address rising gas prices, now talks as if they're largely beyond his control," Hastings said.



Obama address: www.whitehouse.gov

GOP address: www.youtube.com/HouseConference

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Ronin006 wrote:
Yes, President Obama, US automakers can make cars that average almost 55 miles per gallon, but they will hold two people only. Dummy.
on March 3,2012 | 09:12AM
johncdechon wrote:
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on March 3,2012 | 09:34AM
onevoice82 wrote:
The way I see it, we have enough of our own oil to fill our gas needs for at least 20 years while we are working on other types of energy. Let's start drilling and drying up those wells and using our own supplies.
on March 4,2012 | 07:10AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Natural gas is the answer, but Barry's supporters won't allow him to push it. Every other current alternative will not be feasible for a decade or more.
on March 4,2012 | 05:37AM
1local wrote:
Can't wait to see Obama purchase his new Chevy Volt....and utilize Solyndra produced PV panels...
on March 4,2012 | 07:16AM
Halemaumau wrote:
Nice :)
on March 4,2012 | 07:20AM
johncdechon wrote:
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on March 3,2012 | 09:22AM
WKAMA wrote:
johncdechon, Please let us and everybody else know what the solution to the gasoline crisis is. You seems to have the answer!!
on March 3,2012 | 10:24AM
joshislost wrote:
Google Canada oil pipeline, better yet alaska pipelines. Thats your answer. instead of forcing wars in the middle east for oil stay in north america for oil.
on March 3,2012 | 09:14PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Drill baby drill. build pipelines. Open ANWR and hold the companies feet to the fire. We have plenty of oil.
on March 3,2012 | 10:07PM
hybrid1 wrote:
No need to drill. Oil supply is up, Gas and oil consumption is down in the U.S. It's the oil futures spectulators who are raising the gas prices.
on March 4,2012 | 05:58AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Yup.....when the economy is really rough the speculators don't buy the futures and the price stabilizes........now if Odumbo really wanted to help he would call for end of speculation on essential products, but don't hold your breath.
on March 4,2012 | 06:39AM
Maipono wrote:
The bad part of Obama's reasoning is that he doesn't take into account that the poorer segment of the population, the people whor are the most dependant on the used car sales and can't afford to buy these newer "Fuel-efficient cars". They will be the ones most affected by the high gas prices, oh well, so much for caring about the poor, let them eat cake!
on March 3,2012 | 10:50AM
niimi wrote:
Actually, many models of older cars got better fuel economy than today's models because many recent vehicle models have gotten much heavier. There is only so much efficiency to gain from the internal combustion engine, and the laws of physics are starting to put a ceiling on the gains to be made.
on March 3,2012 | 11:40AM
niimi wrote:
On this island I hardly notice my gasoline bill because it's such a small part of my overall expenditures. At 14 mpg because of mostly city or bumper to bumper traffic driving, I'll still continue driving my same vehicle another 10 years. Keeping my car 20 years means no car payments, which would be much higher annually than my gas bill even at $8 per gallon. Today's cars are meant to go 200,000 miles or much more. Mine will. Just keep your car. If you have a reliable brand and keep it up then just keep it. If you are a careful driver, don't get into accidents, and maintain your car, then you know that your own car is well kept so keep driving it.
on March 3,2012 | 11:38AM
niimi wrote:
Do the math. When auto fuel consumption goes down (e.g., better gas mileage), fuel prices per unit goes up. Folks the Oil Companies aren't going to lose money. The Obama administration is very good friends with the oil companies. The Oil Companies are great friends with both Democrats and Republicans.
on March 3,2012 | 11:58AM
joshislost wrote:
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on March 3,2012 | 09:16PM
Dtab wrote:
Ye look at HECO, Hawaii go green then they increase service charge to keep up with profit margin. Prime example!
on March 4,2012 | 05:38AM
Toneyuki wrote:
This guy is so ignorant it's scary.
on March 3,2012 | 10:09PM
HD36 wrote:
And what should I eat to live to 100? What should I watch to be entertained? Who should we bail out next to save the economy? Did Obama ever have a job outside the government? Is it the governments role to prop up whatever segment of the economy that will vote for him? i.e. the UAW
on March 4,2012 | 01:21AM
TLehel wrote:
It hardly matters what anyone thinks is the solution to the gas crisis, cause at the rate we're going we won't have fossil fuels for much longer. What we need is a real solution. Not sure what that soltution is, but I can say that we have free steam energy at close as 1.2 miles below us in the form of magma chambers. While this is not a solution for the gas we need for cars, it is a great solution for the rising cost in energy that is currently being supported by fossil fuels. Just sayin'. The more you know!
on March 4,2012 | 06:13AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Let's see ....2025.....isn't that about 13 years away ? Meanwhile Odumbo sits on his "hands".......after all, he doesn't have to pay for his gas, we do.
on March 4,2012 | 06:35AM
stanislous wrote:
I thought he said 'tire pressure" was the key to saving gas?
on March 4,2012 | 07:08AM
stanislous wrote:
Could gas consumption be down, because the economy is so bad we don't have money to buy it? Knock Knock, is anyone there?
on March 4,2012 | 07:11AM
sluggah wrote:
What does the Great Divider propose for trucking and shipping? The cost of fuel for them raises our costs for everything. He really is limited in his thinking, and he shows what little regard he has for us.
on March 4,2012 | 07:35AM
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