BWG's president, Wendy James, told Green Car Advisor that Hurley has a history of opposing higher CAFE standards. Should he be confirmed, Hurley would then be a position to influence CAFE, since both the EPA and NHTSA contribute to the standard. Of course, the current reality is that CAFE is scheduled to climb to 27.3 mpg for 2011 model year vehicles on its way to 35 mpg by 2020, and we're not sure if one administrator can change that. We'll have to keep an eye on Hurley to see if he's still against CAFE in any way.
[Source: Green Car Advisor, Consumer Reports, New York Times]