While automakers have been busy scrambling around to get into compliance with the upcoming fuel economy standards, Republican Party Representatives have asked President Obama to delay forcing the stringent new automotive fuel economy regulations because, while they concur that higher fuel efficiency standards is an important goal, it should not come at the expense of consumer safety. The three GOP legislators who are working to have the standards pushed back a few years is auto dealer Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, Jim Jordan (also of PA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa of California (pictured).
“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.
It seems as if the National High Traffic Safety Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency are started to sway on the decision as well because they chose to not meet a self-imposed Wednesday deadline for finalization of the new rules. The head of National High Traffic Safety Administration, David Strickland said their new regulations would be announced in “days, not weeks.” The rumor is though that the White House may have second thoughts about pushing any legislation through at this time.
Mike 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.”
From The Detroit News