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Summary: CAFÉ is good because it produces net benefits. This negative brief proves that.
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About "CAFE Standards - Good (NEG)"
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards are federal rules that require car manufacturers to meet standards for fuel mileage of the cars they sell in the U.S. AFF plan repeals them.
CAFÉ is good because it produces net benefits. Consumers benefit because they save more money on fuel than the extra cost of the cars’ fuel efficiency technology. There’s no harm to car manufacturers because the technology already exists to improve vehicle fuel efficiency. And there’s no harm to vehicle safety, because CAFÉ isn’t making cars substantially lighter in such a way that anyone is being harmed in accidents.
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Katherine Baker studied team-policy debate for five years before graduating, enjoying much success and qualifying for NITOC in various events. She loves working on debate and sharing her knowledge with others, most grateful for the life lessons speech and debate has taught her.