Detroit Free Press. The Obama administration reportedly is at work on a new, more stringent fuel economy standard that will likely supplant California’s efforts to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions.
The moves would allow the president to fulfill a campaign promise to let the California limits take effect while addressing the chorus of concerns from a financially beleaguered US auto industry about meeting a so-called patchwork of state-level greenhouse gas controls, in addition to federal fuel economy rules.
The administration has raised the idea for a national limit as part of its talks with Detroit automakers and suppliers for additional aid, an administration official said Wednesday.
“The president believes that one national policy for autos would provide the industry with certainty while achieving our environmental and energy independence goals,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Obama administration will soon issue a new fuel economy standard for MY 2011 only (earlier post), and is working on a new standard for subsequent years.