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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) found that White House advisers had a great deal to do with the writing of the rules

Last week, 30 U.S. senators (29 of which were Democrats) gave President Barack Obama their support for the 54.5 mpg fuel standard by 2025. However, House Republicans still had a bone to pick with these new rules.

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) proposal, which was introduced by the Obama administration, the state of California and major automakers, aims to increase the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. to 54.5 mpg by 2025 in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the U.S.' dependency on foreign oil.

When the new rules were initially proposed last year, major automakers like Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler backed it. However, the standard had some strong opposition from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), who said the new rules would tack an extra $5,000 to the sticker price of new vehicles in 2025, as well as Republicans who worked to block the standard last fall because they believed that it would regulate many new vehicles that sell for under $15,000 entirely out of existence.

Now, despite the rules getting the green light from 30 U.S. senators, House Republicans still have beef with the new rules. More specifically, GOP has been looking into how involved Obama's advisers were in the development of the new 2017-2025 fuel efficiency standards.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he investigated Obama's advisers' involvement last August when speaking to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler.

"Your response seemed to imply that the Executive Office of the President was not significantly involved in the development of these fuel economy/greenhouse gas emissions standards," Issa wrote to Ruemmler.

As it turns out, Issa's investigation discovered that there was indeed substantial participation in the development of the new standards by the White House's Office of Management and Budget, Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council and Council of Economic Quality.

Ron Bloom, a White House adviser under the Obama administration, spent weeks trying to negotiate with automakers for support regarding the 54.5 mpg by 2025 standard. Bloom also spoke with lobbyists daily in July 2011, ad former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley met with Ford CEO Alan Mulally.

A finalized version of the rules is due this summer.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: Want to save some money?
By lagomorpha on 3/2/2012 10:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
The supply will increase from drilling, pipelines will be run, which will also cause OPEC to lower crude prices from fear of competition (like they always do); and everyone will forget about EV's and other nonsense.

The sad thing is, there will be a several year delay between drilling and pipeline construction and reduction in gas prices because of construction times. Even if a republican was in office when construction began, a democrat would end up getting credit for it years later.

On the point of high gas prices pushing for more fuel efficiency in new cars: The people that can afford new cars are not usually the people most concerned about fuel costs, they have a bit of disposable income. CAFE is designed to encourage new cars to use less fuel without as severely impacting the people that must stick with older cars until the current batch become used cars. Is it a fair system to increase the price of new cars in order to create more fuel efficient used cars down the line? Probably not, but it's hard to tell how much the cost added to new cars compares to the reduced fuel consumption and effect on fuel prices for new car buyers.

The only other solution I can think of to increase the fuel economy of older cars without significantly increasing the price of new cars is for manufacturers to make cars with an "economy kit". When new, the car would have the full power and pep that a new car buyer wants and whenever the owner wants there could be a way to cheaply change the fuel mapping and valve lift for less power and lower fuel consumption.

RE: Want to save some money?
By FITCamaro on 3/2/2012 3:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
The argument that its takes a few years to get wells and pipelines into production is as worthless as not building them. If we'd started back when Bush was president, they'd be online or nearing completion by now.

Now you have idiots like Chuck Schumer once again saying that drilling shouldn't be done because it takes too long. And that we should push the Saudis to expand production. But I thought they wanted to reduce dependence.

Yes oil companies (like any company) will always sell to the highest bidder. But a higher supply will almost always equal a lower price.

RE: Want to save some money?
By mindless1 on 3/2/2012 11:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
but that lower price will still be felt by countries paying more than us. Can't have free trade and a global economy without our gas prices rising to mirror Europe's/etc. (minus shipping cost).

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