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Letter to the Editor April 20
Published 4/20/2012
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CAFE would provide lots of savings

Editor:

Corrine Harris did not finish her math in the column "CAFE will make vehicles too expensive." She explains that the average family spends more than $3,100 a year on gas, and with the new standards that would save them $1,600 a year. She leaves it at that.

Who keeps a car for one year? Our family keeps cars for more than ten years. So if I was saving $1,600 a year, that is a savings of $16,000 during the life of the car — more than paying for the $3,000 increase in the cost of the car. You would only need to keep the car for two years to save the extra $3,000 you are saving.

Gas prices are only going to keep going up, thus making it even more important for high fuel efficiency.

Colleen McHugh
WSU alumna, 1985


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