Darrell Issa, tree hugger.

Just kidding. Issa, the House Oversight Committee Chairman, recently sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency questioning why the California Air Resources Board was influential in drafting last year's heavy-duty-truck greenhouse-gas emissions standards, Truckinginfo reported.

Issa (R-Calif.), who gave the EPA until today, July 5, to respond to a list of questions, took issue with the fact that CARB appeared to have more influence than a number of other non-federal entities, according to the publication. Issa also said the new rules would place undue costs on independent truckers who'd need to upgrade their rigs in order to meet the new standards.

Last August, the Obama Administration announced the first-ever fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses. Under the mandate, semis are required to cut fuel consumption and average greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent by 2018, while heavy-duty pickups and vans had to reach a 15-percent decrease and buses and other vocational vehicles a 10-percent reduction.

The standards will reportedly cut oil consumption by 530 million barrels and reduce fuel costs by $50 billion during the life of trucks built between 2014 and 2018.

Issa's no stranger to taking the administration to task on issues related to transportation-related fuel conservation efforts. This January, Issa criticized the administration's support of General Motors' efforts to make and sell the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle and took issue with the length of time it took for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reveal details of a post-crash-test fire involving a Volt.


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      GR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, Issa! Were you not hugged enough as a child??
      MarcCBR
      • 3 Years Ago
      And Darrell continues his assault on Americans right to breath clean air in favor of companies making more money. Typical conservative crap.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      Issa: Truckers shouldn't SAVE MONEY, should pollute as much as they want!
      Dave D
      • 3 Years Ago
      And I question Issa's claim to be human. I believe his father to have been a particularly ugly, and stupid, baboon.
        MarcCBR
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        I think baboons have more common sense than Darrell.
        ufgrat
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        Hey! That's unfair to baboons!
        MarcCBR
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Dave D
        I think he is more closely related to the rock family than any animal family. And his constituents are not that much smarter for putting him in office.
      noevfud
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is a shame to the state of California and Americans in general. Complete bottom feeder. Please leave our state !
        Commentotron
        • 6 Months Ago
        @noevfud
        Well. Folks need to stop voting for him. Such is the problem with representatives. You get some 'tard elected by his credulous base and then they get a committee chair.
      Rick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring on those Via Motors Chevy E-REV's Pick-ups, SUV's & Vans, just don't understand Chevy don't sell these here in Europe the demand would be massive. 40 miles on electric 100 MPG Silverado E-REV absolutely awesome.
        PR
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Rick
        Rick, Those are all light-duty trucks. They don't fall under these regulations. These regulations are for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      More GOP/Tea Nagger nonsense. It is sad that he has any influence on things.
      PR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mr. Issa -- The only thing that is questionable here is your continued Abuse of Office in using the House Oversight Committee for purely political witch hunts.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      H'Issa going to hell
      Ele Truk
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I might finally have a grasp on why conservative (nee Republicans) have a problem with regulations or changing status quo. See if you have to adapt to survive (as you would with regulations) that smacks of Darwinism, which goes against the "fact" that God made the world just exactly like it is right now. So fight regulations that make any changes, because if you have to do ANYTHING to adapt to changes in market or reality or environment, that means you are accepting that things can actually change. And if anything, whether it's nature or man, has to adapt to changes, that means evolution is real. And that just isn't acceptable.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, Darryl, it's because CARB spends a lot of time looking into emissions and is familiar with regulating vehicles. Regulating vehicles isn't easy, you have to have a grasp of what is possible before you start writing laws dictating what you are going to require. So the federal government used a little free help from CARB instead of spending time and money to research this stuff on their own. Why are politicans making such a big deal about who gets credit for what lately? Aren't the results the key?
      RJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Issa has his nose into too many issues were his ideas add nothing to the table. It's time for him to go.
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