Don't think that the underlying fight is over, though. Earlier this month, Fred Upton, R-MI and Ed Whitfield, R-KY introduced a bill aimed at overturning the Clean Air Act. The proposed measure calls for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to assume sole authority over setting corporate average fuel economy standards, relinquishing the EPA of its control over emissions regulations.
The Obama administration is shoving back, hard. The administration continues to discuss 2017-2025 fuel economy and emissions standards with automakers, the state of California and environmental groups. Even David Strickland, administrator of the NHTSA, feels that crafting standards should be a team effort with the EPA, NHTSA and the state of California, stating:
Strickland says that he, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and President Obama "stand shoulder-to-shoulder [-to shoulder] on this."We need to do this together. Regardless of what happens on the Hill, we're working very hard today to get these rules done by September.
The House bill has been given the green light by the Energy and Power subcommittee and voting is expected to take place in the next couple of weeks.
[Source: Automotive News – sub. req. | Image: Clinton Steeds – C.C. 2.0]