As we mentioned a few weeks ago, politicians are talking about raising the CAFE standards and now since Katrina, people are telling their political representatives to DO SOMETHING! May I say, please don’t?
Toyota’s Prius has had a sales increase of 132% this year over last year. Does anyone really think the car companies aren’t acutely aware of a building demand for high mileage vehicles? Does any political windbag bloviating on Capitol Hill really think his remarks will send that message to vehicle manufacturers any more clearly than thousands of customers with money in their hands? Hybrid vehicles are appearing everywhere and SUV sales are falling, what more can politicians accomplish other than giving themselves the chance to grandstand on TV? Oh, … wait, never mind.