04/14/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In Ypsilanti, Michigan, President Donald J. Trump announced that the Environmental Protection Agency would reconsider the automotive emissions standards it affirmed in the waning days of the Obama administration as a part of the One National Program. Under the Obama administration, the “CAFE” program on fuel efficiency regulation morphed into an arm of the Climate Action Plan, directing substantial reductions in vehicle fuel use for the purposes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Now, though nominally harmonized with automobile emissions standards, fuel economy standards are functionally subject to regulation by three separate agencies and – the Michigan announcement notwithstanding – risk subjecting automakers to disparate and costly requirements that could directly harm consumers.
In light of Trump’s announcement and the fresh look it represents, it’s time to re-think our approach to reducing fuel use and emissions from the vehicle fleet and to consider other, less destructive forms of regulation.
Please join the R Street Institute for a panel discussion of these recent developments, the existing triune approach to fuel economy regulation, and what alternatives the future might hold.
Lunch will be served.
Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
Vice President for Energy and the Environment at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
President of the Grace Richardson Fund
Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute
Senior Fellow at the R Street Institute (Moderator)