In a Fox News interview hosted by Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pledged to overturn existing fuel economy standards that reduce global warming pollution. Responding to a question about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Romney said he disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court decision that carbon dioxide is a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Romney also said he wants to kill EPA greenhouse standards for cars and trucks, saying the EPA is used by President Obama to “hold down and crush” private enterprise:
The EPA wants to be able to get in and grab more power and basically try and move the whole economy away from oil, gas, coal, nuclear and push it into the renewables. Look, we all like the renewables. But renewables alone are not going to power this economy. And yeah, I would, among other things, I would get the EPA out of its effort to manage carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles and trucks. Look, that was not a pollutant within the meaning of the legislation that authorized the EPA. It is of all the agencies in Washington, it is the one most being used by this President to try and hold down, crush and insert the federal government into the life of the private sector.
The Massachusetts v. EPA decision, made in 2007, compelled the EPA to set tailpipe emissions standards for motor vehicles. The fuel economy standards were issued in 2010, and are in force for cars being sold now. Prodded by higher standards to make more competitive cars, America’s automobile industry is on the road to recovery after years of deregulatory decline.
(HT: Crooks and Liars)