When news broke Tuesday that sales of full-sized truck were surging, Fox News seized the moment to conclude that Americans don't really care about fuel economy.
Stuart Varney of Fox Business asked if it was "time for Uncle Sam, maybe, to slam the brakes on those green car incentives." He said recent high gas prices could push people "into fuel-efficient cars, but they're not. They're going for gas guzzlers."
Varney's guest, Marc Morano, founder of ClimateDepot.com, piled on. "Despite the best efforts of the environmentalists, of government mandates and subsidies and discounts and tax breaks, the SUV and the gas guzzlers reign supreme in the American auto market. Which just says one simple thing: The Federal government, as all powerful as it likes to think, cannot mandate consumer choice."
There’s just one problem with this.
The average fuel-economy -- the rating on the window-sticker -- of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. reached a record high of 24.6 mpg in March. That’s up 0.2 mpg up from February and up 4.5 mpg from October 2007, according to ongoing research by University of Michigan professor Michael Sivak.