An October 6th article by ClimateWire discussed the testimony of ASP CEO Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (ret.) at an E.P.A. hearing concerning fuel efficiency standards.
The article points out that although there are many groups advocating to keep clean energy rules, only a select few have actually been able to meet with E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt. At a public E.P.A. hearing last month, General Cheney attempted to remind the Trump Administration of the importance of fuel efficiency standards for national security. Citing the need to address threats from climate change and the danger of US reliance on foreign oil, General Cheney argued for the necessity of keeping the standards in place. According the E.P.A., current regulations, such as the Transportation Department’s corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) program, will save the US 12 billion barrels of oil between 2015 and 2040.
Although the retired generals have so far avoided getting into the details of the policy fight, they have signaled a willingness to compromise with other groups. Going forward, the article suggests that their middle-ground approach may well end up “shaping the course of the administration’s negotiations.”
Read Military Brass Pull Rank to Defend Car Standards in its entirety in ClimateWire.