WASHINGTON-Michelin North America has again used a White-House-sponsored meeting as a forum to advocate a program of fuel economy labeling for tires. Speaking at a recent meeting of the White House Policy Committee to Develop Options for Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Personal Motor Vehicles, Michelin representative Kenneth W. Farber argued for tire fuel economy labeling as ``an important first step'' in reducing such emissions.
Michelin had made a presentation on the fuel-saving properties of low-rolling-resistance tires at a White House conference on global warming in June 1993.
Four months later, President Clinton made tire fuel economy labeling part of his Global Climate Action Plan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has since solicited comments on establishing such a rule.
``One suggestion is to consider this rule-making as a case study,'' said Mr. Farber, an attorney with the Washington law firm of Hogan and Hartson. The committee, he said, could make suggestions ``as to how we can implement this rule to affect consumer choice down the road.''
Speaking during the public comment period of the two-day committee meeting, Mr. Farber called on the 30 committee members to work with Michelin on this issue.
Michelin, like Goodyear and the Rubber Manufacturers Association, had applied for membership on the committee but was turned down. Ellen Seidman, special assistant to the president for economic policy, said the White House would shortly send out letters soliciting the input of non-members.