House Republicans Question Obama's Advisers Roles in 54.5 MPG Fuel Standard Development
March 1, 2012 4:55 PM
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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
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,
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.
The Detroit News
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RE: but Obama said
3/3/2012 1:29:01 PM
If they are making policy and have control over some aspect of the economy then they arent czars they are secretaries of whatever part of the economy they are in control over (i.e. sec of agriculture).
Plus wasnt it obama back in 08 that said that he didnt see a problem with 5 dollars a gallon gas but he thought we just got there a little too quickly? So he comes in and has the epa raise the cafe standards so high that all cars will have to be hybrids and thus qualify for the 7,500 tax credit and thus redistribute more wealth. But hes not a communist or anything noooo. Oh and I think it was chucky schmucky schumer that said he wants to raise the tax credit to 10k.
You cant redistribute your way to prosperity and youd think you'd know that by looking at russia but I guess the left is just going to turn a blind eye to the fact that communism has failed everywhere its been tried. You think those foxconn employees that are working for 51cents an hour and 80hour weeks are killing themselves over their wife cheating on them? No its the communist government forcing them to work as long as they physically can for no money because that's how communism works. And THAT my friend is what the left has been pushing on us for over 100 years.
Have a nice day :)
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