IER President Thomas Pyle issued the following statement upon today’s release of the House Oversight Committee report, entitled “A Dismissal of Safety, Choice, and Cost: The Obama Administration’s New Auto Regulations.” The investigation — led by Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) — reveals how White House officials misled the American public and circumvented federal agencies in rulemaking for fuel economy standards. According to the report, the administration engaged in strong-arm, politicized negotiations with automakers designed to appease environmental extremists.
“Ideologically-driven activists in the Obama administration ran roughshod over the automotive experts at the Department of Transportation. The Issa Report raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s concern for public safety, not to mention the fact that the politicized regulations pushed through by White House officials will price almost 7 million drivers out of the car market,” Pyle noted.
“This report is disturbing, but not surprising. The Issa Report reveals the degree to which Obama’s czars will have blood on their hands by reducing auto safety to pursue an extreme ideological agenda. The administration should be ashamed of colluding with green radicals to bypass normal regulatory protocols. In the end, Americans are worse off, and our highways are less safe.”