In response to the federal government announcing its draft rule to require cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, Small Business Majority founder and CEO John Arensmeyer released the following statement:
“Helping small businesses grow and put Americans back to work should be our No. 1 priority. Increasing fuel efficiency standards supports that goal.
“Small business owners understand that stronger fuel efficiency standards will help them save money. They know that to survive in this tough economy American businesses need to innovate, and that the new mileage standards will spur innovation and help create new market opportunities.
“Our poll of more than 1,200 small business owners across the country found 87 percent of small business owners overwhelmingly support adopting strong standards now, and 80 percent support requiring the auto industry to increase mileage to 60 mpg by 2025—an even stronger standard than the one the Obama Administration has announced.
“Support from small businesses for increasing fuel economy standards is high in states with large auto manufacturing sectors, including Michigan (73 percent) and Ohio (75 percent). There is also strong support (71 percent) in the influential automotive market of California, which is preparing to update its Clean Cars Program aimed at reducing carbon emissions from cars sold in the state.
“Small business owners say stronger gas mileage standards will help American automakers innovate, improve efficiency and compete in the global economy. Seventy-three percent of small business owners polled say the federal government should do more to encourage American car companies to innovate.
“Small Business Majority is a national nonpartisan small business advocacy organization focused on solving the biggest problems facing America’s 28 million small businesses. We conduct extensive opinion and economic research and work with small business owners, policy experts and elected officials nationwide to bring small business voices to the public policy table.”
To view NHTSA and EPA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov/fuel-economy.