Dingell's perspective seems to be that new clean technologies should be strongly encouraged, but no regulations should be placed directly on the automakers. In a recent interview with CNBC, Dingell was asked about vehicle efficiency standards and replied, "I'm not sure that there's any urgent needs for us to address those questions."Automotive regulations that are likely to get passed under Dingell all involve "incentives" for the automobile industry. Incentives for vehicle conversion to ethanol and biodiesel, incentives for building more efficient vehicles and incentives for production of electric vehicles top the list of likely Dingell environmental legislation. And, hey, we like all of those ideas.
But really, after 12 years of flat line efficiency, to say that efficiency standards aren't important and would place undue burdens on automobile manufacturers is disheartening and ridiculous. While we recognize Dingell's commitment to technologies of the future, today's mileage standards are going nowhere.