Houston Chronicle. The heads of GM, Ford, Chrysler and the UAW are pushing members of Congress to consider an alternative to legislation currently in the Senate that would increase light-duty vehicle fuel economy to an average 35 mpg by 2020, followed by 4% annual increases from 2020-2030.
Michigan’s two Democratic senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, are working on an alternative that would direct regulators to improve standards to 36 miles per gallon for cars by 2022 and 30 mpg for pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans by 2025. The approach would be more palatable to the industry because it would give them more time to improve vehicle efficiency and keep separate the standards for passenger cars and light trucks.
In the House, a draft bill recently released by a committee led by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., would push for standards that would mirror the Levin/Stabenow approach.
The House draft bill is the one released by Rep. Boucher of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, that contains within it language amending the Clean Air Act to prohibit states from implementing greenhouse gas standards for vehicles. (Earlier post.)