"history will never forgive Congress for this assault on the sanctity of human life." (Ralph Nader)Well, that didn't happen:
"eliminating federal highway safety requirements . . . are equivalent to a death sentence to thousands of Americans back home." (Joan Claybrook, president of the Naderite advocacy group Public Citizen)
The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported at the end of 2009 reached the lowest level since 1954, declining for the 15th consecutive quarter. According to early projections, the fatality rate, which takes into account the number of miles traveled, reached the lowest level ever recorded.I'm not saying faster is safer. Just that the "precautionary" lobby failed to account for exogenous factors like increased seat belt use, safer cars and better roads. And they still do.
Just as enviros model mostly static circumstances of dubious predictive value to back, say, global warming.