At the EPA, a Focus on Something Other Than the Economy

The EPA today released its plan for reviewing California’s request for a waiver so the state can regulate tailpipe emissions. (News release.)

Here’s a statement from John P. McEleney, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, in reaction to the EPA’s announcement:

It is apparent from its notice that EPA has all but made up its mind to allow for state-by-state fuel economy/greenhouse gas regulations, which is contrary to the President’s statement against a ‘confusing and patchwork set of standards that hurts the environment and the auto industry.’ The nation’s auto dealers instead urge EPA to have a fair and frank national debate over the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) continued campaign to regulate fuel economy at the state level. We are confident that once all the facts are known, the Administration will decide that the best policy is to maintain a single, national fuel economy standard. The state-by-state patchwork approach, advocated by CARB, should be rejected once and for all. The California approach is riddled with exemptions, loopholes and unintended consequences that are counterproductive to the stated goals of advancing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

From BNET, “Obama’s EPA Could Greenlight 40-Plus MPG Standard in Calif.”:

The Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency signaled it will probably approve stricter standards for greenhouse gases from auto emissions in California.

The net effect would be to hike the average miles per gallon required for cars sold in California, to more than 40 mpg within about five years, according to the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, an auto industry lobbying group. Proposed California standards for trucks wouldn’t be as stiff.

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