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Mul­ti­ple ele­ments of the Oba­ma Admin­is­tra­tion are try­ing to rec­on­cile envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy with fis­cal pol­i­cy as it con­sid­ers California’s waiv­er request to imple­ment tighter green­house gas stan­dards and keep Detroit automak­ers sol­vent. The solu­tion may be imple­men­ta­tion of high­er cor­po­rate aver­age fuel econ­o­my stan­dards nation­al­ly to cut CO2 emis­sions and avoid a patch­work of stan­dards.

“Now more than ever, we believe that a sin­gle, com­pre­hen­sive, nation­al pro­gram that bridges California’s inter­ests with those of oth­er states and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is the most effec­tive way to move us all toward our goals of reduced green­house gas emis­sions.” — Alliance of Auto­mo­bile Man­u­fac­tur­ers
Significant Points
Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion work­ing to devel­op sin­gle nation­al stan­dard to curb green­house-gas emis­sions from auto­mo­biles
Faces com­plex­i­ty rec­on­cil­ing its envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy w/ its efforts to bail out Detroit automak­ers
Admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials are work­ing on inter­re­lat­ed poli­cies that affect the strug­gling auto indus­try
DOT work­ing on new, more rig­or­ous vehi­cle fuel econ­o­my stan­dards for MY2011
Cur­rent fuel-econ­o­my stan­dard requires man­u­fac­tur­ers’ fleets to aver­age 27.5 mpg cars/23.1 mpg trucks in MY 2009
Automak­ers must aver­age 35 mpg by MY2020
CA’s CO2 reg­u­la­tions require equiv­a­lent of 35 mpg by 2017 and 40+ mpg in 2020
13 states and DC have for­mal­ly adopt­ed CA stan­dards w/ sev­er­al oth­ers con­sid­er­ing fol­low­ing suit
US EPA con­sid­er­ing broad restric­tions on glob­al warm­ing emis­sions
US automak­ers press­ing for sin­gle emis­sions stan­dard to apply in all 50 states