The Washington Post
June 22, 2011
The move would “help relieve the United States from its dangerous dependence on oil,” wrote the group, which included former EPA administrators Russell Train, William Ruckelhaus, William K. Reilly and Christine Todd Whitman. “The volatility of oil prices along with today’s soaring prices at the pump are a threat to our economy and national security.”
Gloria Berquist, spokeswoman of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, questioned why the politicians would weigh in now that they no longer occupy public office.
“It’s not surprising that a group of policymakers who supported raising fuel economy targets while they were in office would continue to do so after leaving office,” Berquist said. “Today’s policymakers have a process under way to develop data-driven standards that avoid higher car prices, job losses and government deciding what Americans drive. We need to let that process work.”
Former representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), who chaired the House Science Committee and led the effort to draft the letter, said he felt compelled to weigh in on the debate over carbon standards because “this is critically important.” Stricter requirements, he said, would make the country more competitive on the global market.
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Energy Project, National Transportation Policy Project