The March Of Progress

January 30th, 2007at 11:53am Posted by Eli

Moore’s Law: Processor speed doubles every two years.

Ford’s Law: Fuel efficiency doubles once in nine years and then stops.

In 1975, after the oil embargo, Congress approved the most successful energy-saving measure this country has ever seen: the Corporate Average Fuel Economy system, known as CAFE, which set minimum mileage standards for cars. Within 10 years, automobile efficiency had virtually doubled, to 27.5 miles per gallon in 1985 from just over 14 miles per gallon in 1976.

The mileage standards are still 27.5 m.p.g. Except for minor tweaks, Congress has refused to raise fuel efficiency requirements or close a gaping loophole that lets S.U.V.s and pickups be measured by a more lenient standard.

Let’s see… Since 1986, we have had a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress for a grand total of… two years. I’m thinking this is probably not a coincidence.

Entry Filed under: Politics,Technology,Wankers


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