Final Paper - Daniel Zauderer *Although the topic of...

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Daniel Zauderer *Although the topic of government regulation was not covered extensively in class, I got the okay from Schneider through e-mail Final Essay Should the government attempt to curb environmental degradation through an imposition of regulations regarding fuel efficiency? “Forcing Americans into Smaller Cars,” a December 5 th , 2007 article located on Economit.com and written by the associated press (the author is not credited), surveys a recent bill passed in Congress to regulate fuel efficiency through an imposition of regulations on American car companies. The bill’s goal is to make cars travel (on average) thirty-five miles per gallon by 2020. A veto may be upcoming, for although president Bush agrees with raising fuel- efficiency standards he disagrees with other aspects of the bill, such as an end to many tax breaks for car companies. The standard has not been changed since 1985. Cars have become increasingly bigger and stronger. The new requirements have shifted from an average of 7.5 MPG for cars and 12.8 MPG for “light trucks” (SUVs are included in this category). Luckily for the car companies, who have given in to the bill largely due to
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This essay was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course PHIL 337 taught by Professor Ryan during the Spring '08 term at Trinity College, Hartford.

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