Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards

  • Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards

Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards

"More realistic standards will promote a healthy economy by bringing newer, safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles to USA roads and we look forward to receiving input from the public".

The administration also projects the efficiency rules would drive up the price of cars enough to push some buyers out of the market, leaving them to remain in older vehicles lacking life-saving new technologies like assisted braking and blind spot warning.

"The reporting that we're reversing Obama-era fuel efficiency standards and pre-empting the tougher California standard is simply false", Sanders said.

"The Trump administration's proposal to slam the brakes on America's successful Clean Car Standards is a massive pileup of bad ideas", Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said in a statement.

"Our proposal aims to strike the right regulatory balance based on the most recent information and create a 50-state solution that will enable more Americans to afford newer, safer vehicles that pollute less", EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted soon after the White House announced the policy change that she saw this as proof that the Trump administration was prioritizing "lining the pockets of big oil over protecting our right to breathe clean air". Under the Trump administration's preferred proposal, that would drop to 29.6 miles per gallon, a reduction in nationwide fuel efficiency of about 21 percent. California, 16 states and the District of Columbia have already filed a lawsuit that challenges the plan's scientific underpinnings. "We are delivering on President Trump's promise to the American public that his administration would address and fix the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards", a statement from Wheeler reads.

That ignores the fact that more fuel-efficient vehicles are cheaper to operate since drivers have to buy less gas. Assuming, strictly for illustration purposes, a gasoline price of three dollars per gallon, that would result in an increased annual fuel expenditure of about $318. "The data and science does not back up what they are trying to do, which is to eviscerate these California standards".

"For more than a decade, ME and the other states have used our rights under the Clean Air Act to limit tailpipe pollution beyond federal minimum requirements", Emmie Theberge, federal project director at NRCM, said in a statement. "The administration is using a parade of horrors to justify an extreme rollback", said the Safe Climate Campaign.

©2018 Los Angeles Times, Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Many independent experts are skeptical of these claims. "They lead to the conclusion that safety will be impaired".

Environmental groups in ME, which is among the states that adopted California's tougher emissions requirements for new cars, and around the country quickly denounced the widely anticipated move.