Dingell, Upton push for national fuel economy standard

    U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton | Andrew Roth

    Two members of Michigan’s congressional delegation are part of a coalition urging regulators to adopt a national fuel economy standard. 

    U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) have joined U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.) in signing a letter that pushes the federal Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board to reach an agreement on what the standard should be. 

    President Donald Trump’s administration has attempted to scale back the increased fuel efficiency standards set by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. Doing so has sparked a regulatory fight with California, which wants to maintain its own, higher fuel standards.  

    The agencies are reportedly expected to announce a nationwide rule sometime this summer. 

    Writing to the regulatory agencies, the bipartisan group of lawmakers says that implementing a national standard will restore a much-needed certainty to the automotive industry “while making continued reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.”

    The four lawmakers, however, have not advocated for any standard in particular through which they would reduce those emissions. A nonprofit climate group, the Union of Concerned Scientists, says the standards implemented by Obama, which Trump now wants to eliminate, are “equivalent to shutting down 140 typical coal-fired power plants for an entire year.”

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.

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