|Congressional Report Slams CARB and EPA|
|Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:31|
GHG and Fuel Efficiency Standards Will Increase Highway Fatalities
By CTN Staff
A staff report released on August 10, 2012 titled - A Dismissal of Safety, Choice, and Cost: The Obama Administration’s New Auto Regulations by the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has documented the heavy-handed involvement of the White House in forcing automakers to go along with new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. Those standards will eventually cost American consumers nearly $200 billion in increased car prices for model years 2012-2025 according to EPA’s own cost estimates. The Executive Summary concluded:
“…the Administration under an imperial presidency performed an end-run around the law and ran a White House-based political negotiation, led by “czars” who marginalized federal agencies charged in statute with setting fuel economy standards. Regulatory expertise from Department of Transportation officials, the agency charged with protecting automotive safety, were frequently mocked and belittled.”
Supporters of increasing the fuel economy standards claim that increased cost will be offset from reduced fuel consumption. However, completely ignored were the costs associated with higher injury and fatality rates from the new standards which necessarily means a reduction in vehicle mass (weight). Complicit with the White House in running roughshod over highway safety concerns were the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and US EPA in their zealous pursuit of the singular goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the report’s findings concluded:
“The standards will have a significant negative effect on automobile safety. A survey of 1,100 automotive engineers, conducted by Wards Automotive, found that “[s]tringent fuel economy requirements like those set for 2025 will be impossible to meet without sacrificing the safety of the vehicles [we will] drive in the future.” A similar analysis by Edmunds.com showed that the proposed fuel economy standards may cause as many as 240 more automotive fatalities each year due to the overall reduced weight of vehicles.”
The staff report also found that, “The process of setting the standards was highly politicized, and not based on sound science or objectivity.” For those of us who have been closely involved in fighting the increasing environmental regulation of the trucking industry, that single statement said it all.
Unfortunately for all American’s, the measurable loss in real lives and injuries from this charade have been subordinated to the desires of the environmental movement who want to exert more control over society irrespective of the negative consequences to people and businesses.
To read the report click here (753.45 kB).