Democratic nominee for president Barack Obama turned his attention to climbing gas prices and the auto industry last week. Obama steered clear of any contentious comments – like telling would-be voters to stop driving their gas-guzzlers. He did, however, say that change was in the air.
We’ve seen that this quarter. People are changing their behavior and we’ve seen a slump in the sales of SUVs and big trucks and a drastic spike in cars both medium size and small.
… [Car manufacturers] have done a better job of investment than they have in the past. There’s still more work to do, and the federal government should help them do it
Obama has targeted fuel efficiency in past speeches and his comments indicate a will to increase federal standards if he’s elected president.
As we’ve reported before, a focus on driving less will have a dramatically greater impact than better MPG. Obama seems to think so too; he’s also come out in support of “greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks, and re-commit[ting] federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country.”
Photo via flickr by LarimdaME.
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