Detroit Branch NAACP Testifies Before EPA: Support Increased Fuel Standards

As the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) coordinated the first of three national, public hearings to enable the production of a new generation of clean vehicles, the Detroit Branch NAACP was there.

The Detroit Branch NAACP engaged our climate equity network of community and labor leaders, elected officials, civil rights and environmental justice advocates to attend, testify and demonstrate support for the proposed 2017-2025 automotive fuel emission standards.

The standing room only crowd filled the hearing room at the Marriott Courtyard Detroit as about 100 individuals — ranging from citizens to automotive executives were scheduled to speak beginning at 10 a.m. The hearing was extended through at least 7:30 p.m. to accommodate testimony from the large number of speakers.

The new corporate average fuel economy or CAFÉ standards, are for model-year 2017-25 vehicles.  These proposed standards would require automakers to work toward producing a fleet that averages 54.5 miles per gallon of gasoline or 163 grams/mile of carbon dioxide with vehicle models. The proposed standards would accommodate the size of the vehicle allowing automakers to continue to make all sizes and shapes.

The participation of the Detroit Branch NAACP provided essential front line perspective and support for greater fuel efficiency and less green house gas (carbon) emissions as the EPA moves toward final fuel emission standards.