• Mar 11th 2011 at 6:32PM
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The Clean Air Act of 2007 gave the Environmental Protection Agency the right to regulate tailpipe emissions due to their dangers to public health. The law also gave states like California the right to set their own emissions policies; a move that could force automakers to meet several different standards in the U.S. alone. That led the federal government to essentially adopt California's standard, resulting in a mandate of 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016.

The Detroit News reports that Fred Upton, R-MI and Ed Whitfield, R-KY have sponsored a bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee that would overturn the Clean Air Act. The proposed measure would remove emissions regulations authority from the EPA and individual states, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration instead having sole authority to set corporate average fuel economy standards. "We feel it is not right that California should be dictating standards for the rest of the country," said Whitfield.

The move may be well-received by automakers, since the current regulations in place will cost OEMs billions of dollars. In fact, experts claim the stiff regulations currently on the books will cost automakers up to $52 billion over the next five years. That's a lot of cabbage, but the Obama Administration claims fuel economy improvements will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil and save car owners up to $3,000 over the life of the vehicle.

The sponsored bill has been given the go-ahead by the Energy and Power subcommittee, and The Detroit News claims house Republicans plan to fast-track the bill through Congress.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: Clinton Steeds – C.C. 2.0]

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      The bill makes more sense than some renegade state coming up with some arbitrary mandatory MPG figure which would strangle industry.
      No one is against having cars return exceptional; mileage.
      What whiners.Yeesch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Republicans care about manufacturers and the hell w/the health of the general population.

      They want our meat to not be inspected.

      They want our water to be polluted.

      They want our air polluted.

      As long as they are getting PAID by corporations, the GOP can care less about Americans in general; only if they have $$$ to donate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GREAT NEWS !!!!!

      A win for car enthusiasts !!!

      MPG and Air pollution are different things...I have a car with a V-8 it gets 17 average mpg and it passes our smog tests here better than my wifes 36 mpg 4 cyl car..both are 2006 models !!!!

      My V-8 gas guzzler runs cleaner than my wifes 36 mpg 4 cyl,my v-8 has 35,000 more miles than her car,both are maintained on time by the book..

      Once again,mpg and air pollution/smog are two different things..

      The Republicans are on the right path...The Democrats want us to go back in time,riding bikes,using ancient trains and old electric powered vehicles (they had electric cars in 1900)

      Funny misinformed people bash the Republicans for no reason,they are for the working person,they want lower taxes for all,cheaper gas ect...The Democrats want to raise taxes,raise electricity rates and force you to walk or ride a bike,they also dont want you to have lights on in your house,you cant turn the heat up or put the a/c on,you cant go out for a burger The Democrats are not for the working person or any rational person !!The Democrats always talk about civility,but they should listen to what they preech they are the most uncivil,they are rude,riot and name call and they blame the Republicans for doing it,but they dont...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think we're all pretty well past the point where we believe anything that comes out of Hussein's mouth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By "we" are you referring to your multiple personalities? And referring to Barack Obama as "Hussein" is beyond childish, but at least it quickly telegraphs the childishness of your politics.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Waaaah. Go back to Wisconsin and wave a union sign around. Finally people are realizing that all the warm fuzzy entitlements are bankrupting us. His name is Hussein by the way, but since I don't have any white guilt that doesn't bother me to say it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think that California should have so much influence in the fuel economy standards, but this idea that somehow the regulations "cost" auto makers billions of dollars is just hooey. If anything, avoiding fuel economy standards is what help drive the American auto makers in to the morass that most of them are only now climbing their way out of. Without the government pushing automakers to make improvements, they'd all still be making cars that get 9mpg. In any case, higher fuel economy standards have not made American cars more expensive, but they have reduced our dependance on foreign oil and encouraged innovation in our auto industry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God bless a good conservative, or two.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Population control is an issue most politicians will not touch with a ten foot pole.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ragtopdodge ,

      Do I have your attention...

      Nothing wrong with caring for the manufacturers....they give PEOPLE JOBS !!

      Your other points are ingnorant and so-so wrong !!!!

      The hell are you talking about meat..the Dems dont want you to eat meat at all !!!! Nor drive,or earn a decent living !!!

      The States with a higher Corporate tax,have less jobs for the working man...Businesses go to a state with a lower Corporate tax..thus more jobs for the working man !!

      Did you know co2 makes the earth greener,and when you breeth out it is co2....it is not pollution...

      Liberals dont care about the small person..Obama said he will sky rocket electricity rates (under his cap&trade plan) ,the small person will be hurt the most..$1000 month electricity bill and it will cost you $1000 per month to charge your electric car !!!.

      Also Libs are against drilling for oil..If we could drill for oil that will lower the cost of fuel/food for people,helping out the little guy..(U.S has 3 times as much oil as Saudi Arabia) Canada drills and it restores the land to better than before condition !!

      If you think the Dems are for the working man,you are wrong..they want high taxes,high fuel costs,high electricity costs ect...Plus ban everything,tell you what to eat,and they want you to take a bus or old ancient technology a train...No freedom under the Libs !!


      P.S I am embarrassed your name is ragtopdodge....I feel sorry for your Dodge !!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not going to read through 100% of the drivel in these comments, so I may well be emphasizing previous statements with my unrequested 2cents. But I do think it's important to come out as an car nut and suggest that we don't want to go back to a world where there are no rules as to what kind of pollutants can be spewed out as waste. It is far less expensive and far more responsible to get in out front of the potential long-term health and environmental effects and minimize it at the source rather than leaving it to chance that a lack of planning and funding in the future will magically take care of it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Not allowing CARB to set trace emissions (tailpipe) levels would be a disaster for California. Let these lawmakers from sparsely populated areas visit California and then Mexico City and see how important stringent trace emissions controls are to California's air.

      Removing CARB's ability to set primary (CO2/mpg) emissions wouldn't be a serious problem in this way, although I'm still against it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CARB should not have the defacto power to regulate emissions in other states. Automakers cannot afford to develop different emissions systems for every state. This is really basic interstate commerce, and it should be under the Federal government.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then CARB should stick to tailpipe emissions and not the aftermarkets part industry. Failing a smog test because your intake or catalytic converter doesn't have a stupid sticker when your tailpipe emissions test passes with flying colors is lame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CARB doesn't have the de facto ability to regulate emissions in other states. Go to fueleconomy.gov. Almost every car is offered with different emissions levels inside and outside CARB. Look at a Prius for example.

        California has an increased need for emissions regulations due to high populations in valley areas where the emissions stagnate. Other states' desires to have California as part of their buying bloc does not outweigh this.

        In short, we shouldn't have to suffer with bad air just because someone else is worried the price of their car will go up a bit if there are suddenly 33M fewer potential buyers for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah I'm for regulation of "AIR-STANDARDS" who isn't. It's the bigger attachment of this overall bill that will knock people off their feet if they saw the EPA's bigger agenda behind these measures.

        Those other two guy jumped on my case but this move by the EPA is just involving more than "tailpipes". And the house knows it.....
        • 4 Years Ago

        Going after the aftermarket parts industry? Seriously, how many people even know how to change their oil, much less put "illegal" mods on their cars? I doubt it has very little, if any effect on the air quality making it a wast of time to pursue.

        According a survey I saw recently, there are a lot of BMW drivers who do not even know whether their cars are rwd or fwd, and that's coming from an "enthusiasts brand".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Shunk,

      Evidently you waste no time in spewing leftist propaganda now that you know who your new editorial masters are at the Puffington Host.

      AOL is a sinking ship and you'll go down just like the other 700 eventually. No need to sell out so fast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's amazing the leftist propaganda thats worked it's way into these people's minds.
        Don't they see that the Democrats taking over the private sector (health car ,auto) with our tax money and handing them over to their crazed supporters (union members-see Wisconsin).
        All while taking away our rights ,using our tax money and forcing us to buy health care which is against free trade/commerce clause in constitution.
        Yes it's socialism and it is happening here.
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