In September, the Obama
Administration announced the most strict new vehicle fuel efficiency standards
that would require auto manufacturers’ fleet average (CAFE) for automobiles to
be 54.5 mpg by 2025. This move was strongly opposed by the Marine Retailers
Association of the Americas, but had the support of the auto industry and
environmentalists. The new standards include a new CAFE for pickup trucks
needed to pull recreational boats and cars of 34.5 mpg by 2016.
Auto dealers and MRAA warned the
government that the cost to achieve this new CAFE standard would surpass $3,000
per vehicle, which would shut out more than 7 million people from buying a new
vehicle and prevents many millions more from buying a vehicle of choice to meet
their family needs like recreational boating.
In addition to increasing fuel
efficiency, the rules also establish an emissions standard of 144 grams of
carbon dioxide per mile for passenger cars and 203 grams for trucks.
GOP presidential candidate, Mitt
Romney, has vowed to overturn these tough standards, if elected. He said he would "get the EPA out of the
effort to manage carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles and trucks.”