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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been involved with the ins and outs of the CAFE standards for a long while. This week, following the NHTSA's call for a 31.6 mpg average (35.7 for cars and 28.6 for light trucks) by 2015, Pelosi had some kind word for the President and the NHTSA. So, first the automakers say they're OK with these stricter numbers and now Pelosi lauds Bush? What's going on here? You can try to figure it out for yourself by reading Pelosi's statement in full after the jump, but for a flavor of what she said, check out the opening bit that says, "The Bush Administration should be commended..."
Of course, Pelosi later says that the Administration continues to block progress on climate change legislation by fighting California's efforts to install its own rules. Whew, that's more like it. Thought for a moment there we weren't going to have a bumpy ride to 35 by 2020.

Press Release:

Pelosi Statement on Administration's Fuel Economy Proposal

WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's announcement today of an aggressive fuel economy proposal that will serve as the first critical step toward implementing the historic energy bill passed by Congress last December:

"Today, the Bush Administration should be commended for taking a critical first step in implementing the first legislated increase in CAFE standards in 32 years, as enacted in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The proposed standard, which would reach 31.6 miles per gallon by 2015, will save consumers money at the pump, reduce our dangerous dependence on imported oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

"However, despite two federal court rulings and Congress' decision to reject the Administration's position that enacted energy legislation should preempt the authority of states to regulate greenhouse gas vehicle emissions, the Administration has chosen to trot out the same tired old arguments. The Administration is continuing to block climate change progress by asserting that California doesn't have the right to move forward with its own global warming regulations. That is completely unjustified."

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[Source: Office of the Speaker of the House]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      " "The Bush Administration should be commended..."

      Certainly, as the Dems led by Pres Clinton stopped any efforts to increase CAFE during his entire 8 years as Prez. We now are paying the price for Pres. Clinton and his 8 years of do nothing leadership. Thank goodness Bush is doing something.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well if you know much about authoritarian conservatives, you realize criticism just makes them even worse. Their pathological hostility to the common good becomes more entrenched whenever they feel threatened(which is most of the time) so its best to just congratulated them on whatever concessions to reason they have made.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Regardless of your party, if you can't recognize a step in the right direction then you have no business being in office. For whatever reason the Bush administration is spinning in policy circles, I'll give a cheer whenever it does something I dislike, just as I'll get pissed off at the Dems when they do something stupid (like NY congestion charge).

      Failing to do so would be a clear statement that playing party politics is more important than policy progress.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ah the politically taciturn woes of Nancy. Of course she has to pat the president on the back before politely slamming him shortly after. What were you expecting? A comment with a backbone?

      This coming from the peon who wouldn't stand to hear even a whisper of impeachment. What a doucheHAG!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So instead of switching to diesel and funding programs for alternative sources, you get this bullshit. This is the age when an average prius driver get over 40, VW touts 70 ( http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/02/vw-unveiling-an.html). Not to worry, real gas prices will soon kick in in North America pretty soon.

      By 2015 price of gas should be somewhere between 6 and 9 bucks per US gallon. Lets see... double the cost of gas, improve efficiency by less than a quarter. This will wrap up suburb erosion going on now and cause an even greater inflation via reducing purchasing power of lower and middle class.

      Grats on yet another failure. Hopefully your next prez will care about the country at least a little bit.

      • 6 Years Ago
      haha

      Got to love the liberal loser attack dogs here.

      Sorry, California should not be allowed to impose rules which adversely affect people in other states.

      Second, its not like the Democrats are even trying to help us out of our oil import problems, blocking nearly every attempt to exploit our own resources.

      Third, oh, the party of earmarks has the audacity to complain about someone else's activities? Get real.

      The only difference between Democrats and Republicans is their mascot, as far as their followers I would figure the difference is the willingness to do good with other people's money or their own.
      • 6 Years Ago
      before the dems took over congress they said they had a plan to lower the gasoline prices,now is the time to implement it. lets go nancy !!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Bush Crime Cabal uber-sux. I hate them all.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Er... cheer for something I _like_...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Comrade Pelosi is such a great Democratic-Socialist party leader. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      it should be 40+ MPG's. 31.6 seems a little low to me.