Forgetting for now the fight between dealers and U.S. makers GM and Chrysler, NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) testified Friday on a hearing, asking for a single national basic in the economy of fuel and emissions, like alternative for 'flawed patchwork approach adopted by a state air resources board in California'.
Forrest McConnell - regulatory affairs NADA committee chairman stated for the committee 'While the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has a long history addressing mobile source criteria and hazardous pollution, incorporation of its greenhouse gas rules (GHG) is neither practically necessary nor legally appropriate for a well-designed single, national fuel economy and greenhouse gas program' .
'It is in this light that NADA has objected strongly to EPA's recent reversal of its prior denial of CARB's request for authority to regulate motor vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gases'.
NADA said clearly it sides, on this issue, with the standard EPA/NHTSA, that was proposed. Their program is calling for an improvement of 5% in the economy of fuel, 950 million reduction metric tons in greenhouse emissions of gas and the preservation of 1.8 billion oil barrels and is for light-duty cars unit year 2012 - 2016.
McDonnel affirmed 'Unfortunately, the proposed joint national program is constrained by its derivation from three fuel economy standards administered by three different agencies under three different laws. Despite everyone's best efforts, it is impossible for these three disparate programs [NHSTA, EPA and CARB] to be made fully harmonized and consistent. That's why a single, national standard is essential'.
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