A bipartisan group of 14 Michigan lawmakers -- the state's entire delegation to Congress -- has sent a letter to President Obama attacking his proposed 56 miles per gallon fuel standard.
As I've written previously, such a fuel standard would drive up the price of cars, effectively mandate what type of vehicle Americans would have to drive, and lead to a spike in deaths from accidents due to the push for lighter-weight vehicles.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
The bipartisan group of 14 Michigan members of Congress, including both of the state’s Democratic senators, called the 56 m.p.g. target “not reasonably feasible” and claimed it would hurt the U.S. auto industry.
“Such a proposal would push beyond the limits of reasonably feasible technology development and would have significant negative ramifications for U.S. jobs and competitiveness,” states the letter, obtained by the Free Press.
The lawmakers’ broadside means the Michigan congressional delegation – up until now largely silent in public on the issue of fuel economy targets for 2017 to 2025 – has decided to take a very strong position publicly against the Obama administration, which has been negotiating with automakers and other parties in recent weeks.