Barack Obama is fulfilling another one of his stated goals from the campaign and bringing people together. In this case, he’s bringing together the bipartisan group comprising Michigan’s entire congressional delegation. It’s not exactly the love festival you might expect, though, since they are targeting the president in protest of his plans to jack up automobile mileage standards to 56 m.p.g. from 2017 to 2025.
Michigan lawmakers sent a scathing letter late Thursday to President Barack Obama directly criticizing the 56 m.p.g. fuel economy target by 2025 the White House wants.
The bipartisan group of 14 Michigan members of Congress, including both of the state’s Democratic senators, called the 56 m.p.g. target “not reasonably feasible” and claimed it would hurt the U.S. auto industry.
“Such a proposal would push beyond the limits of reasonably feasible technology development and would have significant negative ramifications for U.S. jobs and competitiveness,” states the letter, obtained by the Free Press.
The lone non-signatory of the letter was Rep. John Conyers, who apparently believes that setting a fuel standard that would cause a significant decline in sales and which has been projected in a study cited by his fellow Michiganders to cost more than 200,000 jobs is somehow a “job creator.”
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder previously sent a letter urging the Obama administration to adopt a “sensible” approach when setting new fuel standards (i.e., not 56.2 miles per gallon). It would appear that Michigan’s legislators aren’t convinced that the White House is doing that.
But on the plus side, particularly in light of the debt ceiling debate, Obama just got a group of Democrats and Republicans to agree on something. And that’s got to be good news.