Swimming in a Sea of Oil

By |2018-07-17T23:50:32-07:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published February 4, 2015, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Last year the U.S. achieved a goal long considered unapproachable: It surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest producer of oil. At 12.5 million barrels per day, the U.S. now extracts more oil than any of the OPEC countries, and more than Iran, Iraq, Kuwait [...]

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A Failed System

By |2018-10-02T16:56:10-07:00November 14th, 2014|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Auto Recalls, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Class Action, Corporate Average Fuel Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published November 11, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - The sad truth is that automakers face little deterrent from U.S. authorities to correctly represent their vehicles’ fuel economy standards. The Environmental Protection Agency has long required manufacturers to state a vehicle’s fuel economy on the window sticker (officially called the Monroney sticker), but there is no regulatory [...]

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There’s No Honor in the System

By |2018-07-18T00:48:09-07:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars, Fisker, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published August 6, 2014, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Fuel economy is a funny thing. While it is always a consideration for some consumers, its presence on the central stage for others frequently follows world energy politics. In 1973, when the price of crude oil quadrupled in six months during the OPEC oil embargo, fuel economy consideration [...]

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The Electric Car Myth

By |2018-07-18T23:51:23-07:00February 5th, 2013|Categories: Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Published February 5, 2013, Los Angeles Daily Journal - In truth, it never really had the potential many had hoped for.  Supporters were hoping that the electric car would be the regeneration of an industry, but boundless enthusiasm could not replace the state of technology and sound economic principles. Until recently, profit seekers were throwing money at anything [...]

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Market Forces Challenge Electric Car Industry

By |2018-07-19T00:44:29-07:00September 4th, 2012|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published October 3, 2012, Los Angeles Daily Journal - In his January 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced to the world that the U.S. would lead the charge to replace the internal combustion engine that has been powering cars for the last 100 years. “We can replace our dependence on oil with [...]

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Troubles with the New Fuel Regulations Sure to Come

By |2018-07-19T17:41:26-07:00September 6th, 2011|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Ford, General Motors, NHTSA, Volkswagen|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published September 6, 2011, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Last month, President Barack Obama announced his ambitious overhaul to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or the CAFE standards, for consumer cars and trucks – a move that will dramatically change the landscape of the automobile industry for decades to come.  With as much fanfare as could be [...]

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Will Oil Become Extinct?

By |2018-07-19T18:40:03-07:00April 3rd, 2011|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published April 4, 2011, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Twenty-one million barrels.  Crude oil, that is; or more specifically, the amount of crude oil the United States consumes on a daily basis.  What is surprising about this is not that most of our supply comes from foreign sources – that is a fact adopted by all but the [...]

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Up in Smoke: GM and the Obama Administration’s Public Relations Nightmare

By |2018-07-23T18:51:30-07:00January 5th, 2011|Categories: Auto Industry Attorney, Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars, General Motors, NHTSA|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published January 5, 2012, Los Angeles Daily Journal -  The plan was seemingly perfect.  Put all of America’s might behind the emerging electric car industry and help the U.S. automakers reclaim their place as global leaders.  GM was positioned to be first to market with its Chevrolet Volt – the car would pave the way for the [...]

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The Dirty Little Secret

By |2018-07-17T01:34:51-07:00December 6th, 2010|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars, Environmental Protection Agency|Tags: , , , |

Published December 6, 2010, Los Angeles Daily Journal - In just one month’s time, the long-anticipated overhaul to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations will take effect, marking the first increase in the U.S. fuel economy standard since the start of Ronald Regan’s second term.  The CAFE regulations, enacted in response to the 1973 Oil Crisis, establish [...]

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Electric Shock!

By |2018-07-23T16:42:45-07:00September 7th, 2010|Categories: Automotive Economy, Automotive Trends, CAFE, Corporate Average Fuel Economy, Electric Cars, Environmental Protection Agency, Tesla|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Published September 7, 2010, Los Angeles Daily Journal - Last Wednesday, the latest entrant to the burgeoning electric car market went on sale, the cleverly-named Nissan Leaf.  Rallying around claims of saving the environment and helping the nation rid itself of its dependence on foreign oil, consumers lined up in droves to buy the new commuter car.  In fact, [...]

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