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Old 02-21-2018, 11:53 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by JSH View Post
CAFE standards forced automakers to make cars more fuel efficient. Congress passed new standards back in 2007 and suddenly automakers "found" the technology to make cars 25% more fuel efficient over 5 years after 20 years of stagnation.

These are the worst kind of graphs; the kind that cut the bottom off to make it look like fuel economy quadrupled. Fuel economy barely improved. Laws may have had an influence, but rising fuel prices and improvements in technology were also factors.

The nearly worthless graph represents an almost 20% improvement in fuel economy 6 years.

This still terrible graph shows the trend started in 2004; 3 years before congress saved the world.

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