Going straight for the base, auto emissions edition
by David Atkins
Greg Sargent digs up an interesting tidbit:
The other big news of the day is the Obama administration’s announcement of new fuel efficiency standards designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our dependence on foreign oil:Remember how Mitt was supposed to the be the "moderate" candidate? The one Tea Partiers didn't like? Right.
The Obama administration announced strict new fuel-efficiency vehicle standards Tuesday, requiring the U.S. auto fleet to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
The new policy has the support of the auto industry and environmentalists alike — auto executives are claiming their customers want these standards. But Mitt Romney’s campaign is denouncing the new move as “extreme,” arguing that any savings at the pump will be offset by the costs of the new technology to consumers.
I’m not sure what the Romney campaign thinks is “extreme” about these new standards, so it isn’t easy to gauge whether the public agrees. But as luck would have it, the Post did a big poll with Kaiser not long ago that dug deeply into Americans’ attitudes towards government. And the question on this topic is instructive:
Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming?
Should be regulated: 73
Should not be regulated: 22
Independents favor regulation by 73-22; even Republicans favor it, 61-35. This gets even more interesting when you break this down into what the Post calls “political party clusters,” a more fine-grained way to look at opinion than the usual party I.D. breakdown offers. (This was possible because of the study’s unusually large sample size.)
It turns out that literally every ideological group, even within the GOP, favors this sort of regulation in large numbers, except for one: Tea Partyers.
The Republicans are a political party completely in hock to the plutocrats, racist misogynists, and the sorts of authoritarian jerks who are happy to pay through the nose for gas guzzling vehicles whose capabilities they don't use, but that help them compensate for the decline they feel in their manhood due to all the uppity "others" all around them.
It doesn't matter which figurehead gets stuck at the top at that fetid mess. The result will always be rotten.