The new National Fuel Efficiency Policy recently enacted by the Obama administration marks the first time in U.S. history that the federal government has regulated global warming pollution under the Clean Air Act.
This new rule follows the strict standards already set by the state of California, and could be the catalyst for finally getting clean car technology out of the R&D labs and onto American roads where it is so desperately needed.
This policy is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving vehicle fuel efficiency, and is supported by many auto makers who realize it is the only way to compete in a global market. Unfortunately, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) wants to keep Americans driving dirty cars and breathing dirty air.
NADA Lawsuit is a Lemon
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and NADA have legally challenged the government mandate and engaged in lobbying efforts to help notorious big industry supporter Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) strip the EPA of its right to regulate global warming emissions under the Clean Air Act.
The new fuel standards, covering model years 2012-2016, and ultimately requiring an average fuel economy standard of 35.5 mpg in 2016, are projected to save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the life of the program with a fuel economy gain averaging more than 5 percent per year and a reduction of approximately 900 million metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions.
The vitality of our planet depends on associations with authority like NADA to be responsible and make healthy choices for the environment. Send a letter to NADA’s CEO, Don Christy, asking him to act for the good of the earth and reconsider NADA’s lawsuit.
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