NADA Clarifies Position On California Ruling

May 1, 2011

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has clarified their position to TheCarConnection concerning a recent court ruling that allows California to continue to pass air pollution standards that are stricter than federal law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that NADA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce do not have legal standing in a case that centers on California’s right to manage its own air pollution standards.

California is able to request waivers of federal standards so it can enact its own, stricter laws under the 1970 Clean Air Act. It’s a right granted to California because it had its own pollution laws before the federal government brought in theirs.

NADA and the Chamber have long opposed efforts to curb greenhouse gases from cars and other sources over fears it could do damage to the economy.

Charles Cyrill, Public Relations Director for NADA, has clarified the statement following the court’s ruling. It states that NADA is, “…still reviewing the decision and considering the options we have.” It says they are disappointed “the court failed to even reach the strong merits of our arguments.”

NADA’s concern

The NADA statement goes on to outline the organization’s basic concern, that “the current system of three overlapping sets of regulations – set by NHTSA, EPA and California – makes it more likely that automakers will be forced to build a fleet that does not match consumer demand in the future.”

NADA’s statement concludes that the best way to cut emissions, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and “harness the power of consumers to put more fuel efficient vehicles on the road” is to return “the nation to a single, national fuel economy standard under the CAFE structure Congress created.”

The three-judge panel of the Washington, D.C. Circuit court found that neither NADA, nor the Chamber could identify any party that was or could be injured by California’s ability to waive federal standards for its own, stricter guidelines.

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