Our plan to overhaul the fuel economy program for light trucks is good for the country because it saves energy without sacrificing safety or inflicting harm on the robust American economy.
Unfortunately, your Aug. 29 editorial ("Truck CAFE plan is weak; makers must beef it up") failed to acknowledge the balance we've achieved with our new proposed fuel economy standards.
The standards would save more fuel than any light-truck rule in the history of the corporate average fuel economy program. They would require all automakers to improve fuel economy on all pickups, minivans and SUVs for the first time ever.
The standards also would increase safety by no longer forcing automakers to build dangerously light vehicles in an effort to game the CAFE standards. And they would do that while still allowing the market to respond to consumers.
Your editorial also missed the critical point that the administration's energy policy goes well beyond new fuel economy standards.
Indeed, this administration is taking a comprehensive approach to reducing our dependence on foreign oil that includes increasing production, investing in the development of alternative-fuel vehicles and providing tax incentives for consumers and businesses that invest in innovative vehicles that save energy.
With our CAFE plan, we now have a thoughtful, reasonable proposal for meeting the challenge of improving fuel economy that doesn't jeopardize safety or hurt the economy.
This plan will benefit all hard-working Americans and deserves a more thoughtful analysis than provided in your editorial.