Dingell Statement on Fuel Economy Regulations
DEARBORN, MI - U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell released the following statement regarding the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) released today regarding fuel economy regulations:
“There are a variety of proposals put forward in this NPRM, with the most unacceptable being the flatlining fuel economy standards. Flatlining is harmful to American leadership and innovation, as well as the environment. We need strong, reasonable standards that increase year over year. Nobody can deny that strong fuel economy standards have kept our environment clean, reduced our dependence on foreign oil, and saved consumers money at the pump.
“The next step in this process is critical. We need all stakeholders, including California, automakers, environmentalists, and the Administration, to stay at the table to reach consensus on standards that meet the dual goals of environmental protection and affordability. I also believe we should be setting standards through 2030 and not revoking California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act. The Administration must respect and understand the importance of California in this discussion so that we are all working together to ensure strong, workable standards that protect jobs and the environment and keep pace with innovation and technology so the United States remains competitive.
“Having one national program for fuel economy is absolutely essential for both industry and the environment. We all need to take a deep breath, roll up our sleeves and get to work on a negotiated solution. Everybody wins if we work together. Everybody loses if we don’t.”