UAW urges Congress to reject efforts to set tail-pipe emissions

The United Auto Workers urged Congress yesterday to reject plans to bar the Obama administration from setting the first-ever limits on tailpipe emissions. In May 2009, the White House, automakers and 13 states led by California reached a deal to impose fuel-efficiency standard and tailpipe emissions limits for the 2012-2016 model year vehicles. The final regulations must be in place by April 1 to take effect beginning with 2012 model year.

Alan Reuther, the union’s legislative director, stated in a letter Monday that efforts by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Ala., and others to bar the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from declaring greenhouse gases a danger to public health were “misguided.”

“The UAW also is deeply concerned that overturning EPA’s endangerment finding would unravel the historic agreement on one national standard for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for light-duty vehicles that was negotiated by the Obama administration last year,” Reuther wrote.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to set a fleetwide standard of 34.1 mpg by 2016 model year vehicles. The move will boost fuel-efficiency by almost 40 percent over 2007 levels.

Source: Detroit News