Nationwide Free Market Coalition to President Trump: Hold Firm on CAFE Reform

  • 07/11/19
  • AEA
  • CAFE

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 30 organizations, led by the American Energy Alliance, sent a letter to President Trump today expressing its unified support for his administration's effort to reform the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) mandate.

The coalition comprises leading free market think tanks in Washington, such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, and Americans for Tax Reform, along with more than 10 groups based in state capitals across the country....


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Ignore the Automakers’ Calls for Appeasement

Today President Trump will meet with the big U.S. automakers. The topic of discussion will be the administration’s decision to reconsider the excessive and unnecessary fuel efficiency standards imposed by the Obama administration. The American Energy Alliance has applauded that decision, and encourages the administration to see it through. The automakers themselves last year requested the exact action that the administration is undertaking. But now the automakers are planning to ask the...
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10 Questions on Fuel Economy Mandates for EPA's Janet McCabe

  • 12/05/16
  • AEA
  • Blog
This week, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is slated to host a hearing regarding the Volkswagen’s use of emissions defeat devices and the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) program. The Subcommittee has summoned Acting EPA Air and Radiation Administrator Janet McCabe to testify in response to questions surrounding the ZEV program implementation . This hearing is a welcome opportunity for the Subcommittee to question Ms. McCabe on...
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AEA Issues Statement on EPA's Proposed Fuel Economy Mandate

  • 11/30/16
  • AEA
  • Blog
WASHINGTON – AEA Vice President Daniel Simmons issued the following statement after the EPA hastily proposed an unrealistic fuel economy mandate for 2022-2025:
"The EPA has abandoned its own timeline in an effort to ram through another unrealistic and costly mandate. It’s clear the EPA wants to make it difficult for the Trump administration to get fuel economy standards in line with the needs and expectations of American families. "The Obama administration is trying to fit a...
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Fuel Economy Mandate Met with Congressional Criticism

  • 10/05/16
  • AEA
  • Blog
At what point do federal regulations become too expensive to justify? The Energy and Commerce Committee dug into this question during a joint Subcommittee hearing on Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. Turns out, CAFE standards contribute significantly to the rising sticker prices for new cars and unjustifiably hurt Americans. CAFE standards should be repealed or rapidly sunset . Promulgated in response to the energy crisis of the 1970’s, CAFE standards were initially...
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Everybody Agrees that CAFE Standards Are Inefficient

Often in the policy debates on government regulations, you will have free-market people decrying inefficient impediments to business, while the other side will tout the (alleged) benefits to the environment or whatever the social goal happens to be. Yet a new MIT study —from a group that is very sympathetic to carbon regulatory policies—documents how inefficient vehicle fuel efficiency (CAFE) standards are. Even if one buys into the premise that the government should be forcing businesses...


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David Kreutzer on EPA and Oil Externalities

  • 10/09/12
  • AEA
  • CAFE
  Sometimes in their zeal to exaggerate the “social benefits” of one of its programs, the number-crunchers at government agencies will stoop to absurd arguments that end up coming back to bite them. The Heritage Foundation’s David Kreutzer recently caught a great example of this, concerning the NHTSA’s and EPA’s analysis [pdf] of its new emission standards for light-duty vehicles. As Kreutzer points out, the agencies unwittingly made a great argument for increased domestic oil...
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New CAFE Mandates Harm Consumers

  • 08/28/12
  • AEA
  • CAFE
  WASHINGTON D.C. — IER Director of Regulatory Affairs Daniel Simmons issued the following statement about today's announcement by the Obama administration of a new corporate average fuel economy mandate (CAFE): "This is an undemocratic, dangerous, and costly decision. The Obama administration's heavy-handed regulation overrides American's automobile preferences and imposes the choices of unelected bureaucrats on consumers. Forcing ever-higher fuel economy mandates will lead to less...
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New Congressional report exposes the fact that fuel economy mandates are ideologically driven and will put Americans’ safety at risk

  • 08/10/12
  • AEA
  • CAFE
For years we at the Institute for Energy Research have highlighted the problems with the Obama administration’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) mandate. We have written comments to the administration (here and here ) and explained how raising the fuel economy standard will reduce safety, price drivers out of the market, and reduce automobile choice and mobility itself. Today Rep. Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released a report entitled...
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The Flawed BlueGreen Alliance Report on CAFE Standards

  • 06/28/12
  • AEA
  • CAFE
  The BlueGreen Alliance has released a new study arguing that tighter fuel economy standards on cars and light trucks will not only mitigate climate change, but will also create jobs. As with most studies in the “green jobs” literature, this one too rests on faulty economic analysis. The federal government doesn’t do consumers any favors by restricting their options in the marketplace. The BlueGreen Alliance study at least has the honesty to admit—albeit in a very low-key...
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