Trump Administration Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards For Cars

  • Trump Administration Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards For Cars

Trump Administration Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards For Cars

"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", Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement, adding that the White House is seeking a solution amenable to all 50 states.

California has a lot riding on the lawsuit as the government is also seeking to eliminate the state's ability to set its own vehicle standards. 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.

All of this could be somewhat mitigated if California can set stronger standards; at the moment, the state and federal standard are the same.

Sean Donahue is a lawyer representing the Environmental Defense Fund, which, along with other environmental groups, sued the EPA in May, after then-chief administrator Scott Pruitt announced that Washington would revisit the emissions rules.

Gillis says manufacturers have done a good job of meeting ambitious mileage standards and consumers have benefited.

As a practical matter, however, the proposed changes could languish in courts for years, allowing California to stay its course in the near term. "What the EPA released yesterday was a notice of proposed rulemaking, not a final rule".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed concerns, pointing out that the standards are only a proposal and subject to a comment period.

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. "We trust individual consumers to make the right decisions; we don't think Washington or Sacramento should be making all those determinations". The government also said the proposal will save consumers $2,340 (£1,796 / €2,017) since automakers won't have to increase prices to offset the costs of building more efficient vehicles.

Under the Obama rule, passenger cars and light trucks would see a real-world average of 37.4 miles per gallon by 2025, according to Mui's calculations. It means that the federal government will have slightly less control over the kinds of cars and trucks people can buy. Securing America's Future Energy, a group dedicated to reducing independence on oil, noted that vehicle prices have actually fallen 3 percent since 2013, even as overall inflation increased 8 percent. As a result, the age of the average auto in America is now nearly 12 years old, the highest in USA history, according to IHS Markit. "Rather than capitalize on this progress and continue with plans to strengthen fuel efficiency and cut pollution, this move by regulators will ultimately leave consumers footing a higher bill".

The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the administration supports freezing the mileage standards after 2020, but would seek public comment now on that proposal and a range of others, including leaving the tighter, Obama administration fuel standards in place.

The administration wants to freeze a rule mandating that automakers work to make cars substantially more fuel efficient.

The Trump's administration's fatality estimate isn't novel to observers of the vehicle industry.

The requirements were again raised in 2012 so the fleet of new cars would reach 54.5 mpg in the 2025 model year. In 1992, a federals appeals court ruled that the NHTSA was using "bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo" to avoid addressing the lethal effects of the CAFE standards.