Rio Grande Foundation submits comments in support of more reasonable fuel efficiency standards

The Rio Grande Foundation is skeptical of government regulations, especially when one presidential administration is able to use “a pen and a phone” to overhaul large sectors of our national economy.

The Obama Administration did this with regard to auto fuel efficiency when it mandated that vehicles have an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. The Trump Administration has proposed the SAFE rule which would pause the rule at 37 mpg (still higher than it was before the Obama rule change) saving motorists thousands of dollars per vehicle purchase.

The Rio Grande Foundation’s comments are below. The deadline is Friday, October 26 at midnight, but you can provide your own comment here.

The Rio Grande Foundation is a public policy research organization based in New Mexico and working on issues statewide. We support the proposed SAFE rule.

In 2012 the Obama administration went beyond the the scope of the Clean Air Act and essentially mandated a doubling of fuel efficiency standards for American vehicles – mandating new cars have an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 mpg by the year 2025. The federal government should not be in the business of micromanaging automobile fuel efficiency in the first. place, but pausing mandated emissions reductions at the 2020 level of 37 mpg (as this rule would do) is better than blindly pushing on to 54.5 mpg.

Technical assessments (initially created by the Obama Administration) indicate the mandate, left undisturbed, will raise the average price of a vehicle by at least $3,000. New Mexico is a big state with a lot of people living in poverty or barely making ends meet. Making it more difficult for New Mexicans to access transportation and make it to their places of work will harm our State.

This “waiver” is currently in place for several states including New Mexico so my State will see more impact from this rule change than most.

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2 Replies to “Rio Grande Foundation submits comments in support of more reasonable fuel efficiency standards”

  1. I can’t even say in print what I feel about the damage to our country that the Obama Administration did. Is it any wonder that the citizens of this country were sick and tired of “the pen and phone” regulations, and elected a man who is trying to undo the damage and do the will of the people?

  2. Each State should have their own regulations. Remember the 10th Amendment? Some like CA will price themselves out; Others not so much; The only mandate I thought might make sense was to put CNG pumps at all gas stations so there is a reasonable choice. Now possibly a charging station also. At least it gives the public options. Then, whatever survives, will be by popular demand not government mandate. That is the free market.

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