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2011-11-28 DEI to Mulally-Ford - Fuel Economy Standards Due 12-12

2011-11-28 DEI to Mulally-Ford - Fuel Economy Standards Due 12-12

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DARRELLE.ISSA.CALIFORNIACHAIRMAN
ONEHUNDRED1WELFTHCONGRESS
ELIJAHE.CUMMINGS.MARYLANDRANKINGMINORITYMEMBERDANBURTON.INDIANAJOHNL.MICA.FLORIDATODDRUSSELLPLAns.PENNSYLVANIAMICHAEL
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TURNER,OHIOPATRICKMcHENRY.NORTHCAROLINAJIMJORDAN.OHIO.JASONCHAFfETZ.UTAHCONNIEMACK.FLORIDATIMWALBERG,MICHIGANJAMESLANKFORD,OKLAHOMAJUSTINAMASH,MICHIGANANNMARIEBUERKLE,NEWYORKPAUL
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MALONEY.NEWYORKELEANORHOLMESNORTON.OISTRICTOFCOLUMBIAOENNISJ.KUCINICH,OHIOJOHN
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TIERNEY,MASSACHUSETTSWM.LACYCLAY.MISSOURISTEPHENF.LYNCH,MASSACHUSEnsJIMCOOPER.TENNESSEEGERALD
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CONNOLLY.VIRGINIAMiKEQUIGLEY,ILLINOISDANNY
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DAVIS.ILLINOISBRUCEL.BRALEY,IOWAPETERWELCH,VERMONTJOHNA.YARMUTK,KENTUCKYCHRISTOPHERS.MURPHY,CONNECTICUTJACKIE.SPEIER,CALIFORNIALAWRENCE
J.
SRADYSTAFFDIRECTOR
November28,2011Mr.AlanMulallyPresidentandCEOFordMotorCompanyOneAmericanRoadDearborn,MI48126-2798DearMr.Mulally:TheCommitteeonOversightandGovernmentReformisinvestigatingtheprocessbywhichtheObamaAdministrationsetfueleconomystandardsforModelYears(MY)2012-2016light-dutyvehicles,MY2017-2025light-dutyvehicles,andheavy-dutytrucks.Asapartofthisinvestigation,theCommitteehasrequestedinformationfromtheNationalHighwayTrafficSafetyAdministration(NHTSA),
I
theEnvironmentalProtectionAgency(EPA),
2
theCaliforniaAirResourcesBoard(CARB),3andtheWhiteHouse."TheCommitteerequestsyourvoluntaryparticipationwiththisinquiry.IrespectfuJlyaskthatyouanswerthefollowingquestionsandprovidetherequesteddocumentsfortheperiodJune
I,
2008,throughpresent:1.PleaseprovideadetailedexplanationofthenegotiationsthatculminatedinagreementonMY2012-2016light-dutyvehicle,MY2017-2025light-dutyvehicle,andheavy-dutytruckstandards.Providedocumentssufficienttosupportyourresponse.Inaddition,foreachrulemakingpleaseanswerthefollowingquestionstotheextentpracticable:a.WhoparticipatedinthenegotiationsonbehalfoftheAdministration?PleaseprovidealistofallparticipantsfromNHTSA,EPA,theWhiteHouse,theDepartmentofTransportation(DOT),theCouncilonEnvironmentalQuality(CEQ),andanyotherfederalgovernmententity.Foreachindividual,pleaseincludeaname,title,andagency/companyaffiliation.
I
Letterfrom.Darrellissa,Chairman,H.Cornrn.onOversightandGov'tReform,toRayLaHood,Secretary,Dep'tofTransportation(Sept.30,20
II).
2
LetterfromDarrellIssa,Chairman,H.Cornm.onOversightandGov'tReform,toLisaJackson,Administrator,Envtl.Prot.Agency(Sept.30,20
II).
J
LetterfromDarrellIssa,Chairman,H.Cornm.onOversightandGov'tReform,toMaryNichols,Chairman,Cal.AirResourcesBd.(Nov.9,2011).
4
LetterfromDarrellIssa,Chairman,H.Comm.onOversightandGcv'tReform,toKathrynRuemmier,CounseltothePresident(Aug.
11,2011).
 
Mr.AlanMulallyNovember28,2011Page2of11b.WhoparticipatedinthenegotiationsonbehalfofCARB?PleaseprovideadetailedlistofallparticipantsfromCARB.Foreachindividual,pleaseincludeanameandtitle.c.Whoparticipatedinthenegotiationsonbehalfofyourcompany?Pleaseprovideadetailedlistofallparticipantsandindicatewhotheleadnegotiatorwasforthecompany.Foreachindividual,pleaseincludeanameandtitle.d.Pleaselisttheindividualswhoparticipatedinthenegotiationsonbehalfofotherautomakersandtradeassociations.Pleaseprovideadetailedlistofallparticipants.Foreachindividual,pleaseincludeaname,title,andaffiliation.e.Onwhatdatesandinwhatlocationsweremeetingsordiscussionsrelatedtothestandardsheld?Pleaseprovideadetailedchronologyofthenegotiations,includingthedates,participantsto,andlocationsofallmeetings.
f.
Pleasedescribeindetailtheroleofeachpartyinthenegotiationsthatculminatedineachofthethreestandards.
In
yourresponse,besuretoidentifytherolesofEPA,NHTSA,CARB,CEQ,theWhiteHouse,theautomanufacturers,tradegroups,environmentaladvocates,andanyotherentitiesthatparticipatedinthediscussions.g.Pleasedescribetherolethatnon-EPAandnon-NHTSAofficialsoremployeesplayedinthesenegotiations.Inyourresponse,besuretodescribeindetailtherolesofofficialsfromthePresidentialTaskForceontheAutoIndustry("AutoTaskForce"),includingRonBloom,theWhiteHouse,CEQ,CARB,theAmericanFederationofLaborandCongressofIndustrialOrganizations(AFL-CIO),theUnionofConcernedScientists,theNationalResourcesDefenseCouncil,andtheSierraClub,anddescribehowtheirparticipationinfluencedthescope,shape,ordirectionofthenegotiations.h.The
NewYorkTimes
hasreportedthatparticipantstothe2012-2016standardsengagedinadeliberatevowofsilenceandtookgreatpainsto"putnothinginwriting,ever,,?5
J.
Wasanyoneinyourcompanyeverinstructedtoavoidwrittencorrespondenceornote-taking?Ifso,bywhom?
II.
PleasedescribethemannerinwhichinformationwastransmittedbetweenyourcompanyandtheAdministrationduringnegotiationsforeachsetofstandardsyourcompanyparticipatedin.
5
CollinSullivan,
VowofSilenceKeytoWhiteHouse-CaliforniaFuelEconomyTalks,
N.Y.
TIMES,
May
20,2009.
 
Mr.AlanMulallyNovember28,2011Page3of11Yourresponseshouldincludeanypracticestousecodewords,toexchangeinformationinpersonorspeakonthephone,topreferoralcommunicationsoverwrittenforms,andanyotherpracticeemployedtomanagecommunicationsduringnegotiations.2.PleasedescribeindetailtheimpactthatthethreatoftheCaliforniawaiver,andthestate'scorrespondingabilitytoindependentlysetfueleconomystandards,hadonthenegotiationsthatculminatedinagreementonMY2012-2016light-dutyvehicle,MY2017-2025light-dutyvehicle,andheavy-dutytruckstandards.a.WhatisyourunderstandingofthelegalauthoritysupportingtheCaliforniawaiverundertheCleanAirAct?6WhatisyourunderstandingofthelegalauthoritysupportingtheCaliforniawaiverundertheEnergyPolicyandConservationAct?7b.IsthestateofCaliforniacurrentlyengagedintheregulationoffueleconomyorsomething"relatedto"fueleconomy,asdefinedbystatute:Whenanaveragefueleconomystandardprescribedunderthischapter[49U.S.C.§32901
etseq.]
isineffect,aStateorapoliticalsubdivisionofaStatemaynotadoptorenforcealaworregulation
relatedto
fueleconomystandardsoraveragefueleconomystandardsforautomobilescoveredbyanaveragefueleconomystandardunderthischapter?"c.Foreachrulernaking,pJeasedescribetheroleCARBplayedinthenegotiations.
I.
HowmanymeetingsdidCARBattend?
11.
DidCARBhavea"vote"inthediscussionsorotherwiseexertinfluenceovertheoutcome?
111.
DidCARBeverthreatento"walkaway"fromthenegotiations?Pleasedescribethesecircumstances.
IV.
HowdidEPA,NHTSA,ortheWhiteHouserespondtoCARB'sthreattowalkawayfromnegotiations?d.The
LosAngelesTimes
hasreportedthatafterreachinganagreementonMY2012-2016standards"thecarcompaniesaskedin2009forasecondroundofstandardsstartingafter2016,againtostopCaliforniafromadoptingstifferrules.
,,9.
6
CleanAirAct,Pub.L.88-206,77Stat.392(1963).
7
EnergyPolicyandConservationAct,Pub.L.94-163,89Stat.871(1975).
8
49U.S.C.§32919(a)(1975).
9
NeelaBanerjee,
TheRoadtoNewFuelEconomyStandardsWasNotSmooth,
L.A.
TIMES,
Nov.18,2011.

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