The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers released the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the Obama Administration will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider whether to grant California a waiver to regulate automobile tailpipe emissions. The statement can be attributed to Michael J. Stanton, President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. (AIAM):
“Today’s announcement offers a unique opportunity for the automobile industry and AIAM members. We welcome the Obama Administration’s quick attention to the important issue of climate change and recognize the need to take immediate steps to reduce, as feasibly as possible, greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.
“While we support this important goal, the auto industry is currently faced with the prospect of multiple state and federal regulations that while well-intentioned, place inconsistent and burdensome requirements on automobile manufacturers without achieving any greater environmental benefit. Currently the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Environmental Protection Agency, California and other states would create a total of 19 separate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards.
“At a time when the auto industry is suffering major financial challenges, this presents an opportunity for the Obama Administration to harmonize these regulatory programs in the interest of achieving a goal we all agree we must reach: a cleaner environment and a reduction of the country's reliance on carbon-based fuels. We encourage the DOT to issue CAFE regulations covering vehicle model years from 2011 through 2015 in view of the long product development lead times required in our industry. And we encourage the Administration to move as quickly as possible to resolve conflicting, confusing, costly and inefficient rules in order to help the auto industry advance quickly and cost-effectively to the next generation of green vehicles. The common goal of all stakeholders is to establish a coordinated approach resulting in the maximum feasible reduction of GHG emissions from motor vehicles.”