ARLINGTON, Va. (February 1, 2008) – Today, AIAM reiterated its support for a single federal approach to improving motor vehicle fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by intervening on the side of EPA in a lawsuit brought by the State of California against EPA concerning California’s greenhouse gas emissions regulations.
“This is not a lawsuit to resist greenhouse gas emissions regulation. Rather, our intervention is focused on only one issue - who should set those standards,” said Michael J. Stanton, President and CEO of AIAM. “We believe that for important policy and legal reasons, it is the federal government that should set those standards.”
“AIAM has long supported efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy,” said Michael J. Stanton, president and CEO of AIAM. “In fact, AIAM was one of the most vocal supporters of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which requires an overall interim fleet standard of at least 35 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2020 – an increase in fuel economy of 40% or more – and the ‘maximum feasible’ level fuel economy by 2030. AIAM members are committed to doing their part to meet or exceed these standards as our companies introduce new technologies. In addition, AIAM members will continue to be among the leaders among all industries in reducing the carbon footprint of their products ‘from concept to consumer,’ spearheading innovations in efficient, environmentally-friendly manufacturing, distribution and business processes.”
At the same time, Mr. Stanton added, it is critically important that when it comes to fuel economy and motor vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, automobile manufacturers be subject to a single national fleet standard set at the federal level. “This is an issue on which there is unanimity within the industry,” Mr. Stanton said. EPA’s announcement that it intends to deny California’s waiver application which sought to impose state-level greenhouse gas emissions regulations is a critical step in maintaining fleet fuel economy requirements at the federal level, avoiding unnecessarily burdensome compliance on a state-by-state basis for no additional environmental benefit.
“AIAM believes firmly that the automobile industry must do its part to address this important national and international issue,” Mr. Stanton stressed. “However, we must do so in a sensible and efficient manner that preserves national uniformity in this important regulatory area.”