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House Republicans call for CAFE standard delay

Automakers around the world have been crying foul over the Obama Administration’s fuel efficiency standards set to go into effect over the coming years. By 2025, fleetwide fuel economy standards under the proposed CAFE regulations would be 54.5 mpg. Some studies have shown that not only will these fuel economy standards add significantly to the price of new vehicles, the proposed standards will hurt jobs and force as many as 7 million Americans from the new car market.
 
The Detroit News reports that three members of the United States House of Representatives are seeking to delay implementation of the final CAFÉ regulations set to go into effect between 2017 and 2025. The three top House Republicans include House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa from California, Representative Jim Jordan from Ohio, and Representative Mike Kelly from Pennsylvania.
 
The three representatives asked acting administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Boris Bershteyn, "To return the rule to the agencies for further consideration of its adverse consequences to consumers and the economy."
 
Issa said, "Higher fuel efficiency standards is a goal I share — but not at the expense of consumer safety and not when those rules are implemented under a cloak of secrecy in a manner outside the law. The process followed by Obama administration officials to develop these standards was politicized, not rooted in sound science and was a political end run around seasoned experts who are required by law to lead the process."
 
The self-imposed deadline for finalizing the fuel economy rules by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and EPA was this coming Friday. That deadline was reportedly abandoned last week. However, one House Republican has suggested that the administration was having second thoughts on the deadline.
 
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said last Friday, "It's coming soon. We're working with the White House and the EPA to roll it out. It's going to happen. ... There's no backing away — it's just making sure everything's done correctly."

Source: Detroit News





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