Republicans Try to Block 54.5 MPG CAFE Standard
October 21, 2011 1:11 PM
The Chevrolet Cruze Eco achieves a combined EPA rating of 33 mpg. New CAFE regulations would require vehicles the same size as the Cruze to have a combined EPA window sticker rating of at least 43 mpg by 2025.
Even a few Democrats are in on the action
California, the Obama administration, and the big three from Detroit have all agreed in spirit to the proposed fuel economy standards that will push
fleet wide economy to 54.5 mpg
by 2025. While states and automakers have agreed to the standard, there are still battles being waged in Washington in an attempt to get the rules overturned.
More than 60 Republicans in the House are working to bar the Obama administration from finalizing the fuel economy standards for the 2017 through 2025 model years. There were also three Democrats among those backing the bill to stop the fuel economy hikes.
The lawmakers are trying to convince the House to add a provision to a spending bill that would block the EPA and California from moving forward with fuel emissions limits. According to the proposal, the NHTSA would be able to set fuel economy standards, but only through 2021.
"A one-year 'timeout' is necessary as EPA and (California) are setting national fuel economy standards without explicit authorization by Congress, under laws not designed to regulate fuel economy," said the letter signed by Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton; Joe Barton, R-Texas; Tim Walberg, R-Tipton; Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; and others."
The effort to bar the new fuel economy standards is strongly backed by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). The NADA is lobbying congress to block the proposed fuel economy standards. The fear is that the new standards would regulate out of existence most new vehicles that sell for under $15,000.
However, there are a group of CEOs from eight different environmental, science, and public interest groups that are urging the NADA to stop its lobbying efforts.
"These standards are supported by major automakers, the United Auto Workers, California and other clean car states, and numerous consumer, environmental, business and national security organizations. By continuing to oppose these standards, NADA is trying to sell Congress, dealers and the American people a lemon," said the letter from leaders of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Environment America, the Safe Climate Campaign, the Union of Concerned Scientists and others.
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