The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have governed automakers’ fleets since 1975when they were devised to prevent a repeat of petroleum shortages caused by the Arab Oil Embargo (’73-’74). While higher fuel economy is a vestigial theme in CAFE, the standard setting process is regularly hijacked by environmental activists to achieve government control over consumer vehicle choices, and thereby, over vehicle emissions.

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