Thursday, June 30, AFPM filed a petition for the D.C. Circuit Court to review the Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s final fuel economy standards for vehicles model year 2024-2026. AFPM President and CEO Chet Thompson issued the following statement about the petition:
“AFPM supports the continuous drive to make our U.S. transportation fleet more fuel efficient. In fact, we see the fuel refining and petrochemical industries as critical partners in this effort. What we cannot support, however, is the Department of Transportation blatantly ignoring the methodology Congress established for how CAFE standards must be set. That’s the point we intend to raise in court. It shouldn’t be too much to ask for DOT to follow the rule of law.”
AFPM has long argued, consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, that vehicle standards must be achievable for internal combustion engines, affordable for drivers, reflective of consumer preferences and consistent across the United States.
Today’s vehicles are far cleaner and more fuel efficient than in years past, despite being bigger and more powerful. With contributions from automakers, fuel producers and petrochemical manufacturers, government can build on this progress and spur additional efficiency gains from the auto fleet, while still maintaining affordability and consumer choice around vehicle powertrains.
The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) is the leading trade association representing the makers of the fuels that keep us moving, the petrochemicals that are the essential building blocks for modern life, and the midstream companies that get our feedstocks and products where they need to go. We make the products that make life better, safer and more sustainable — we make progress.