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Comments on proposed vehicle emission and fuel-economy standards

November 27, 2009

Policy Integrity submitted two sets of comments regarding the federal government’s proposed regulations to control the emissions and fuel economy standards of America’s fleet of light-duty vehicles (cars, SUV’s and pick-ups but not larger trucks).

One set of comments, sent to EPA, focused on how the agencies should account for potential lost consumer welfare from the rule. The other set of comments, authored jointly with the Environmental Defense Fund, focused on the social cost of carbon used in the proposed rule, arguing it should be higher.

Policy Integrity also reiterated the suggestion that EPA should build a broader cap-and-trade program for all vehicle fuels. By targeting all greenhouse gas emissions in a comprehensive and cost-efficient manner, they would achieve major greenhouse gas reductions at the lowest possible price to businesses.

Filed under Climate Change and Energy Policy, Public Comments