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GOP Seeks Review of Fuel Economy Standards

August 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Three top House Republicans asked the White House to delay finalizing the 2017-25 fuel economy rules.

The Detroit News reported that House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs the subcommittee overseeing regulations, and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., an auto dealer, wrote to the Obama administration’s top regulatory review official, calling for further review.

The committee asked Boris Bershteyn, acting administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, “to return the rule to the agencies for further consideration of its adverse consequences to consumers and the economy.”

“Higher fuel efficiency standards is a goal I share — but not at the expense of consumer safety and not when those rules are implemented under a cloak of secrecy in a manner outside the law.The process followed by Obama administration officials to develop these standards was politicized, not rooted in sound science and was a political end run around seasoned experts who are required by law to lead the process,” Issa said.

Kelly said “the new CAFE standards will limit choice, compromise safety, and increase costs for millions of Americans who are already struggling to get by in the Obama economy. The American consumer was not given fair representation at the CAFE negotiation table, and they have since been put on the menu.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week abandoned a self-imposed deadline of finalizing the 2017-25 rules by as early as today (Aug. 24), with one House Republican suggesting the administration was having second thoughts.

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