Time to end California waiver on fuel economy standards

Aug. 29, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Trump administration to end California’s waiver on fuel economy standards:

“The state of California has for too long been provided special treatment on setting fuel economy standards for the nation’s automobiles. These waivers have allowed California to have almost a coercive impact on the vehicles available in the rest of the United States and it’s time for that to end. The Trump administration has wisely put the Obama era demand that manufacturers produce expensive and less safe vehicles on hold. Ironically, many vehicle manufacturers are currently failing to meet the existing standard, let alone one that would require an almost complete retooling of the autos which would be available for purchase. Next week, four car manufacturers will be meeting with California officials to agree on continuing to pursue the Obama CAFE timeline. That is their prerogative. However, the rest of the nation should not be saddled with the less safe and more costly vehicles that will result. While some companies like Volkswagen are busily green-washing their horrific environmental records, the Trump administration’s common sense proposed regulation focuses on consumer needs for safe and affordable vehicles.”

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