A Reasonable Timeline for Reasonable CAFE

By July 25, 2007Energy, Global Warming

The NAM took part in a news conference on Tuesday in support of H.R. 2927, the bipartisan CAFE standards bill sponsored by Rep. Barron Hill (D-IN) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE), which seeks to balance demands for increased fuel mileage with a recognition of market forces, technological realities, and consumer preferences. Also joining in the event were representatives of the National Automobile Dealers Association and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

The NAM’s news release is here, and we have a raft of materials available on the various CAFE proposals at this webpage. Hill-Terry has certainly taken off, reaching 105 cosponsors as of yesterday.

There’s been much uncertainty, speculation and angst about when the House might consider energy and CAFE legislation. Chairman John Dingell, who attended yesterday’s news conference, provided some information on the topic, as reported in The Detroit News:

WASHINGTON — The House won’t consider competing proposals to raise fuel efficiency standards until after Sept. 1, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had assured him she would not bring up a proposal to raise Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements until after the House returns from August recess. The House next week is expected to consider a package of bills to improve energy efficiency, including of light bulbs and buildings.

Hope that settles it, or at least the scheduling part of “it.”

By the way, here’s a good letter on the economic realities of fuel-efficiency mandates from Jose L. Gonzalez of the Associated Industries of Florida.

Recently proposed fuel-efficiency legislation created by overenthusiastic legislators with no regard for the needs of the average citizen will only serve to further harm the economy and jobs. Florida has the 13th-highest automobile industry employment of any state in the country. Nearly 183,000 jobs in Florida are linked either to the automobile industry or in a job dependent on the auto industry. As this nation heads down the path of increased fuel efficiency, we must seek a balanced compromise — one that includes the ideas and technical know-how of this country’s auto industry

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  • Chris says:

    Thanks for writing about this — I realize I’m late in getting to this, but if anyone else is as well, you might also be interested in the Drive Congress blog by the Auto Alliance (whom I work for) on HR 2927. It’s an important amendment, and refreshingly bipartisan. Keep it up!

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