Tuesday, September 25, 2018
This week the administration is holding public hearings on their proposal to weaken Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards after 2020. What follows is the comment I prepared for the hearing being held today in Dearborn, Michigan.
Comment on CAFE and GHG Standards Proposed Rule
for MY 2021-2026
John M. DeCicco, Ph.D.
University of Michigan Energy Institute*
Thank you for the opportunity to present this comment today.
Having reviewed the proposed rule, I find that it fails to scientifically or economically justify freezing the standards for model years 2021 through 2026. My assessments show that the greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for those years remain sound.
My overarching conclusion is that there is no justification for changing the standards.
The one new development with any significance is that fuel prices are lower now than projected. However, this does not justify weakening the standards. Lower prices are all the more reason why fuel economy and emission standards should remain untouched.