Under the tyrannical reign of George Bush the auto industry had total control of how fuel efficient their cars had to be (to a certain extent). Of course, higher fuel efficiency means more work for car manufacturers and a healthier environment for all of us. Under the Obama administration the required average for fuel efficiency will soon be 35.5 MPG (Miles Per Gallon)... that's pathetic... but even more pathetic, the average for 2008... 27.5 MPG.
Just to give you an idea of what we're actually capable of, The Aptera, a car being produced solely in California, gets 300 MPG... It's way cheaper than a regular hybrid too. That's really sad... stupid auto execs... Does our environment mean nothing to them?