Among his first acts of business as President, Barack Obama has taken two separate actions to clean up the auto industry. He has asked the Department of Transportation to begin implementing a 2007 law requiring gas mileage standards to improve 40% by 2016, a law the Bush administration ignored after it was passed by congress.
His other move was more controversial: it was a request that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reconsider an application from 14 states that would allow them to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from automobiles. The same request was denied under the Bush administration.
California took the lead in requesting authority to implement limits at the state level that would require automobile GHG emissions to fall 30% by 2016. 13 other states have joined California in petitioning the EPA for this right: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Opposition comes from the Republican Party and US auto industry, which raise several fears: …read more of Obama’s Plan for Green Autos here