Recently the Secretary of the Department of transportation put a proposal to mildly accelerate fuel standards from 3% per year to 4.5% per year up to 2015. However this was a ploy to put circumvent the Clean Air act and block California and several other states from adopting more aggressive car and truck fuel standards.
Jerry Brown called the Bush tactic: This fuel economy plan, while attractive on the surface, is a shameful and unlawful [covert] assault on California’s landmark vehicle emissions standard.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and 11 of his counterparts sent a letter to President Bush on Thursday protesting a federal proposal to limit California’s right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from autos.
The letter came two days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a proposed set of fuel-efficiency standards that included a provision that would override California laws that set limits on carbon emissions from cars.
Thursday’s letter called the language “an end run around 40 years of precedent” and said that if the provision was not dropped, the states would sue NHTSA.
In a separate letter, sent to the top four leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives, the governors called the proposed rule a “cynical attempt . . . to unilaterally rewrite the Clean Air Act and claim authority over greenhouse gas emissions.”
Country Current Standard Proposed Standard
China: 36 mpg 43 mpg. (2009)
Canada: 27 mpg (current avg, no standard) TBA (starting in 2011)
United States: 25 mpg (current average) 35 mpg. (proposed, 2020
new proposal 31.5 by 2015
California: 25 mpg (current) 36 mpg. (proposed, 2016)
Europe: 40 mpg (current) 48.9 mpg. (proposed 2012)
Japan: 40 mpg. (current) 48.9 mpg. (proposed, 2015)
any state regulation regulating tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles is expressly pre-empted.