Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

"The reporting that we're reversing Obama-era fuel efficiency standards and pre-empting the tougher California standard is simply false", Sanders said. For example, Obama's EPA argued that a dual-clutch transmission would soon be widely adopted as a cost-effective way to get more miles per gallon.

President Donald Trump had directed the rethink of the mileage regulations, saying in March 2017, "If the standards threatened auto jobs, then common-sense changes" were needed. "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.

Representatives of the USA auto industry praised the administration's proposal, even as some automakers privately have expressed unease at the prospect of abrupt changes in fuel standards and having to meet different standards in different states.

"I feel like we have a very good and strong case", state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

Federal data show the increased cost consumers would pay for the more efficient vehicles is dwarfed by the amount of money they would save at the pump, undermining the argument that drivers will stay in older, unsafe vehicles, advocates for the tougher rules say. The CARB website suggests the state should be allowed to set its own standards, owing to its "unique geography, weather, and expanding number of people and vehicles".

The Trump administration has moved to weaken USA vehicle emissions standards and has set up a major confrontation with California by scrapping its ability to enact stricter pollution standards and mandate the sale of electric cars.

The proposed rulemaking of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is intended "to correct the national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give the American people greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles that are cleaner for the environment", the Department of Transportation said in a statement today. "The Trump administration has made a decision to force America's drivers to spend more at the gas pump, burn millions more barrels of oil, and put us on a path to greater harm from climate change".

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention Friday
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey speaks at the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention Friday

In the years before California's extremely strict clean air rules, there were smog-filled skies that were fairly common. It might even cause auto prices to stop increasing so rapidly.

Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups argue the move will harm the environment, however.

Now, the Trump administration is proposing to flatline fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide emission standards from 2021 to 2026, locking models produced during those years to standards pegged to 2020.

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 National Auto Dealers Association estimates the federal standards demanded by California will add $3,000 to the cost of new motor vehicles by 2025, potentially pricing millions of low-income households out of the market for new cars", Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), said in astatement.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said much of the criticism was based on "false" news accounts of the proposal. To know how the new standards would affect real-world gas mileage, researchers need to take the further step of modeling how real world use differs from laboratory conditions.


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