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The federal government is mandating dramatically higher fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks (pickup trucks, SUVs and vans) in an effort to reduce oil use. These regulations, called Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (CAFE) have some serious negative side effects. History shows that to meet fuel economy mandates, automakers make cars lighter and less safe and the additional technology required for greater fuel economy makes automobiles more expensive. This dangerous precedent is a direct result of the Obama Administration’s consistent willingness to double down on bad policy.

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10 Questions on Fuel Economy Mandates for EPA’s Janet McCabe

  • 12/05/16
  • AEA
  • CAFE
This week, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is slated to host a hearing regarding the Volkswagen’s use of emissions defeat devices and the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. The Subcommittee has summoned Acting EPA Air and Radiation Administrator Janet McCabe to testify in response to questions...
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AEA Issues Statement on EPA’s Proposed Fuel Economy Mandate

  • 11/30/16
  • AEA
  • CAFE
WASHINGTON – AEA Vice President Daniel Simmons issued the following statement after the EPA hastily proposed an unrealistic fuel economy mandate for 2022-2025: “The EPA has abandoned its own timeline in an effort to ram through another unrealistic and costly mandate. It’s clear the EPA wants to make it difficult for the Trump administration to...
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Fuel Economy Mandate Met with Congressional Criticism

  • 10/05/16
  • AEA
  • CAFE
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