TO THE EDITOR:
Regarding "Fuel economy proposal on right path," Sept. 10: The federal government must, of course, have the laws required to protect the American public, such as seat-belt laws and basic fuel economy laws. But it would seem that state lawmakers should be allowed to enact additional restrictions, in their states, to sales of equipment that they view as objectionable.
There are many cases in which state laws are allowed to be more stringent than basic federal laws; for example, texting while driving. Laws in California, and accompanying partners, are written by elected officials, ergo they are supported by the majority of their residents. It is interesting that another article, "GM and California, once foes, partner in EV push" (autonews.com, Oct. 3), contradicts this article's opinion, saying, "The company has joined other automakers in pushing the White House to negotiate with — rather than litigate against — California over emissions standards."
If some vehicle manufacturer does not want to comply with a state's requirements, they are not required to do so. They would only be prohibited from selling their product to residents of that state.
MIKE GUTHRIE, Louisville, Ky. The writer works for a supplier of sensor systems and electric motors.