Levin Statement on Fuel Economy Agreement Announced by President Today

Friday, July 29, 2011

Levin Statement on Fuel Economy Agreement Announced by President Today
WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., made the following statement regarding the fuel economy agreement announced by President Obama today:
“For the last several weeks, members of the Michigan delegation have worked hard to make sure the administration understood the potential impact of imposing fuel economy regulations that were not technologically or economically feasible. The Michigan delegation’s efforts helped produce a final product that is significantly better than earlier proposals in several areas, specifically in truck standards, which now allow for the fair treatment of American manufacturers, as well as the scope of the midsession review that will take place by 2018, which has to be real and credible.
“The agreement President Obama announced today will now take significant steps to increase vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time will protect American jobs, promote American manufacturing of advanced technology vehicles, and help ensure that American automakers have a level playing field to produce and sell the vehicles consumers want to buy. 
“The administration needs to ensure that commitments made during this process, particularly by California, are kept, so that the goal of a single national standard is achieved.”

WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., made the following statement regarding the fuel economy agreement announced by President Obama today:

“For the last several weeks, members of the Michigan delegation have worked hard to make sure the administration understood the potential impact of imposing fuel economy regulations that were not technologically or economically feasible. The Michigan delegation’s efforts helped produce a final product that is significantly better than earlier proposals in several areas, specifically in truck standards, which now allow for the fair treatment of American manufacturers, as well as the scope of the midsession review that will take place by 2018, which has to be real and credible.

“The agreement President Obama announced today will now take significant steps to increase vehicle fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time will protect American jobs, promote American manufacturing of advanced technology vehicles, and help ensure that American automakers have a level playing field to produce and sell the vehicles consumers want to buy. 

“The administration needs to ensure that commitments made during this process, particularly by California, are kept, so that the goal of a single national standard is achieved.”