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On September 15, 2009, following the administration’s announcement in May of a new regulation limiting vehicle green-house gas emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation released their proposed fuel economy standards for vehicles set to take effect in 2012.  The regulation creates a federal standard for fuel efficiency requiring new vehicle models beginning in 2012 to average 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016.  Our speakers address the legal and constitutional implications of a nationwide regulation to limit green house gases and the potential costs and benefits that such a federal standard may impose on the auto industry and the environment as a whole.


  • Mr. Tom Tanton, Pacific Research Institute 
  • Mr. James Tripp, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Moderator: Prof. Steve Eagle, George Mason University School of Law