Feds Working at Cross Purposes to Save/Damage Auto Industry

From the Detroit Free Press, “Obama can do better in helping autos, Engler says,” a story from just a few comments following a speech.

Former Gov. John Engler is worried that President Barack Obama’s administration is working at cross purposes when it comes to the domestic auto industry.

While Obama’s auto task force is working on ways to save the domestic auto industry, “the Environmental Protection Agency is meeting in a different building to figure out ways to decimate the industry” by allowing different fuel emission standards for every state, Engler said.

“There’s even a county in New Mexico that wants its own standards,” he said.

As president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, Engler said that while bankruptcy is front and center of the federal discussions, “I don’t think they’ve factored in the consequences of that and what it will do to tier one and tier two suppliers. There will be a lot of damage done.”

Seriously, Bernalillo County wanted its own fuel-efficiency standards as a way to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Thankfully, reality may have started sinking in. From the National Automobile Dealers Association, “County in New Mexico Halts Effort to Implement its Own Fuel Economy Rules“:

WASHINGTON (Feb. 17, 2009) – The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) today commended the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board in New Mexico for repealing a requirement that would have mandated fuel economy standards at the local level.

“The Albuquerque case illustrates how easily the ‘patchwork’ approach to fuel economy can get out of hand,” said John McEleney, NADA chairman and a multi-franchise dealer in Iowa. “If it weren’t for litigation filed by New Mexico dealers and NADA, the city of Albuquerque would still be pressing forward.”

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