Enviros Forced NHTSA Nominee To Withdraw

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May 13, 2009

By Louis Jacobson

Environmental critics had also cited concerns that MADD has taken money from carmakers that NHTSA regulates.

Some say the environmental pushback was somewhat ad-hoc, mainly educating key senators about Hurley’s positions on CAFE standards. But the alleged ringleader –Dan Becker, a longtime Sierra Club executive who now runs a small advocacy group called the Safe Climate Campaign – declined to take credit for Hurley’s withdrawal today.

"I’d rather talk about the future than guess what happened or kick a dead horse," he said, adding, "This gives the Obama administration the opportunity to choose someone who is committed to both sides of NHTSA’s jurisdiction – safety and fuel economy."

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