NADA Supports One Federal Standard for CAFE and GHG Emissions

TYSONS, Va. (Sept. 18, 2019) — NADA President and CEO Peter Welch released the following statement in response to the EPA’s planned decision to withdraw a limited waiver it previously gave California to set its own vehicle fuel economy and GHG emissions rules:

“NADA believes that the regulation of fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions should be done at the federal level for the entire country. Congress granted this authority exclusively to EPA and NHTSA, and that is where it should remain – regardless of who is in the White House.

“One national standard for fuel economy will create much-needed regulatory certainty for the auto industry – and certainty for all American new-car and -truck buyers regardless of the state in which they reside.

“America’s franchised auto dealers continue to support continuous improvements in the fuel economy of the nation’s new-vehicle fleet, as well as federal fuel economy standards that help keep new vehicles affordable. If we lose affordability, we will lose new-vehicle sales. And if we lose new-vehicle sales, all we do is keep Americans in older, less safe and less fuel-efficient cars and trucks longer, and shift our nation’s environmental objectives into reverse.”