Power of Government, Gas and Speed Limits

Should the federal government mandate a nationwide speed limit of 55 MPH in an effort to cut the consumption of gas? One Senator has raised the possibility of again limiting speed on the nation’s highways to 55.

Should the federal government use its power to curtail driving speed throughout the country?

Some readers will think cutting the nation’s speed limit to 55 MPH is a good idea because it will save on oil and gas consumption and that the government should step in and help to protect us from our selves.

Other readers will opt for a view that we are losing individual freedom under the guise of saving money and protecting natural resources even though the natural market forces will accomplish the same thing as gas climbs above $4.00 per gallon.

But, as long as government has the power to restrict the actions of individuals, the question is sure to arise.’

In this case, Senator John Warner (R-VA) says Congress might want to consider reimposing a national speed limit to save gasoline and possibly ease fuel prices.

The Department of Energy commented that the agency will review Sen. Warner’s letter but added, "If Congress is serious about addressing gasoline prices, they must take action on expanding domestic oil and natural gas production."

What is your view? Will a federal requirement for a national speed limit of 55 MPH reduce oil consumption and is such a requirement a good idea?