DETROIT, July 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., said he would be "very direct" in a letter to the White House concerning a proposal to double fuel efficiency standards.
"It will put things in perspective. It will be very direct," said Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, The Detroit News reported Thursday.
The White House has proposed raising fuel efficiency standards to 56.2 mpg by 2025, which translates to a 5 percent increase in efficiency from 2017 to 2025.
After a meeting between auto industry lobbyists and Michigan's congressional delegation, Rep. Sander Levin, a Democrat, said, "Those who understand the importance of the auto industry have to stand up and fight."
Industry estimates say the cost of doubling fuel efficiency by 2025 would add $2,100 or more to the price of a new car. Countering that figure, the White House has said car owners would save up to $7,000 over the life of a car if fuel efficiency standards were raised.