Protect EPA, NHTSA
As the White House and Congress wrestle with the revenue and spending issues that must be resolved to avoid the fiscal cliff, our elected representatives in Washington must avoid eviscerating the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Recent industry events concerning disputed fuel economy claims and massive safety recalls involving advanced electronics offer ample evidence that those agencies need more engineers and technical support to monitor and investigate the areas they are charged with regulating.
Effective regulation and enforcement require that the agencies have the necessary tools to keep up with technological developments in the private sector. It makes perfect sense to give the EPA and NHTSA more resources, not fewer.