U.S. Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI15) expressed his continued support today for increased fuel efficiency following the Environmental Protection Agency's and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's joint announcement of new national standards for Model Year 2017-2025 light cars and trucks.
"I commend the Obama Administration for working with auto manufacturers, environmentalists, consumer groups, and labor to find a commonsense solution that will protect American jobs while saving consumers at the gas pump," said Dingell. "Not only will this new standard reduce our reliance on foreign sources of petroleum, it will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the House author of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, I am proud of the work we have done to reduce air pollutants while protecting jobs and the economy, and this new standard continues those efforts."
"Of critical importance in the standard is the mid-term review, which will allow all parties to take a step back and reevaluate, making necessary adjustments," Dingell continued. "In addition, the flexibilities built into the program are of the utmost importance. Finally, and most importantly, this is one national standard. A patchwork of different standards would have been a disaster for the economy."
The new standards will increase fuel economy in cars and light-duty trucks while providing certainty to the automotive industry of one national standard.