U.S. President Barack Obama's initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel efficiency new vehicles will reduce costs for consumers and prod automakers to roll out faster greener cars, some analysts say. Orabama ordered Transportation Department to promote fuel-efficiency standards for 2011 model cars. He has also told EPA to reconsider whether California is granted a waiver to be the first state to impose greenhouse gas limits on new cars, turning maneuvers Bush administration policies. The government wants to reduce emissions of new cars and light trucks average 30% in 2016. At least a dozen other states joined the petition. Obama is not EPA to waive, but it should.
The automotive industry says it would be hard-pressed to meet the stringent mandates and argues the move would limit the car purchase options. Last year, Bush administration EPA denied a waiver request, and said it would create a confusing patchwork of state rules. I lost his staff recommendation, then-EPA chief Stephen Johnson noted in the 2007 energy law already mandated average fuel economy of 35 miles a gallon in 2020. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers said it would cut CO (-2) emissions by 30%. The tougher standards would raise car prices by up to $ 1000, but consumers will save $ 42 to $ 230 a year on gasoline, the NRDC said.
But Gloria Berg Quist, Vice President of auto alliance says the typical car prices would jump $ 3,000, she says automakers can not increase fuel efficiency quick dollars to meet stricter mandate. Doniger disagreed. He says that the industry can transfer existing technology to more cars. Berg Quist also for a "national approach," said automakers have to restrict sales of Pickup in some states, if the new technology is not ready.
Obama signs exec order on energy and fuel efficiency.