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Inhofe Says New Obama Regulations Will Make Cars More Expensive and Less Safe


WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued a statement in response to an announcement by the Obama Administration that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation will raise fuel economy standards.

“Today, President Obama announced a policy that will force industry to make cars that are more expensive and less safe—a policy that will harm consumers while doing virtually nothing to address climate change,” Senator Inhofe said. “While the President appears to recognize that granting the California waiver by itself would create a patchwork of federal and state emission standards, under this proposal, bureaucrats from EPA and California are effectively deciding what kind of cars consumers in the rest of the country should drive.  This is yet another instance of government-run industrial policy, which, as history has proven, is bound to fail.”