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Reactions to Obama's Call to Review Emission Rules

As you probably heard, United States President Barack Obama yesterday asked the Environmental Protection Agency to review the greenhouse gas emission rules for vehicles and decide whether the states should be allowed to impose their own restrictions or use a national unique standard. Just like we told in a number of past reports, automakers firmly disagreed state-by-state regulations and demanded a single national rule, explaining that different requirements would only destroy an already-damaged auto industry.

Here are a few statements obtained by Autonews and belonging to a couple of United States officials plus several companies involved in the automotive industry:

David Regan, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, NADA: "With almost 1,000 auto dealerships closing last year at a cost of over 50,000 jobs, we are hopeful the President and the EPA Administrator will realize that a single national fuel-economy standard set by his Administration is smarter than a patchwork of state regulations that further endanger the struggling auto industry."

Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council: "President Obama's announcement is a big step in fulfilling his campaign promises for a clean energy economy that will move America beyond oil, create new jobs and reduce global warming pollution."

General Motors: "GM is working aggressively on the products and the advance technologies that match the nation's and consumer's priorities to save energy and reduce emissions. We're ready to engage the Obama administration and the Congress on policies that support meaningful and workable solutions and targets that benefit consumers from coast to coast."

Dave McCurdy, CEO, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers: "The Alliance supports a nationwide program that bridges state and federal concerns and moves all stakeholders forward, and we are ready to work with the Administration on developing a national approach."


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