U.S. government will soon complete rules that significantly boost automobile efficiency

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2012

Several Republicans have asked the U.S. government to make more evaluations of the regulations to boost automobile efficiency but the Obama administration won’t be pressured. It said that it intends to complete the rules “soon.” The government was set to finalize the fuel economy standards last week but the regulations’ release was postponed.

These regulations will demand that companies should require companies to have an average fuel efficiency rating throughout the U.S. fleets of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The Transportation Department didn’t release a timeline but it said that the rules are proceeding. Department spokeswoman Lynda Tran said that interagency review is continuing. He also said that this process would mark its completion soon.

Several Republican lawmakers, led by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, have raised their issues regarding the fuel economy proposal that was made after a few after months of talks between the Obama administration and auto makers. Issa and the committee cited a flawed, lacked transparency and failed to adequately determine the impact of the new rules on the safety and vehicle costs on Tuesday.

In a letter to Boris Bershteyn, the head of the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has been urging consumers to use their authority to give back to the proposed rule to the Environmental Protection Agency and the (Transportation Department). The administration denies these claims, saving that its policies will lead to early double fuel efficiency for cars and would save families thousands of dollars at the pump. If imposed the rules would be a big jump from current standards that require auto makers to achieve 35.5 mpg by 2016.

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