Trump opens the door to weaker vehicle standards

Trump opens the door to weaker vehicle standards

Trump opens the door to weaker vehicle standards

Speaking in Michigan Wednesday, President Trump said his administration will review fuel-economy standards adopted by the Obama administration.

A group of 10 state attorneys general led by California and NY said they would fight attempts to weaken the rules.

"President Trump's action represents a dramatic wrong turn in our nation's efforts to fight air pollution from passenger cars and trucks and protect the health of our children, seniors, and all communities", Eric Schneiderman New York Attorney General said in joining the motion.

During a visit to Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, President Trump announced that he would order a review on the emissions regulations that the Obama administration had set in place prior to Trump's taking office, Reuters reports. The administration has made no decisions on how or if the standards should be revised. "This is just another part of President Trump's retreat from action on climate change".

"We'll obviously be resisting any kind of rollback fiercely", said Roland Hwang, who leads the energy and transportation program at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Environmental groups say the standards will save money, protect the climate, reduce oil use and create jobs. "The current standards helped the auto companies move from bankruptcy to profitability, and there is no reason they can not be met".

In Michigan, Trump will meet with chief executives from General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and top USA executives from Toyota Motor Corp, Daimler AG and others, and speak to autoworkers.

"America will be respected again", Trump told automobile industry employees at a rally at the American Center for Mobility, a testing center for self-driving vehicles in Ypsilanti Township outside Detroit. Those standards would have required automakers to have a fleetwide average of more than 50mpg by 2025, meaning more electric and hybrid vehicles. Originally, the decision to lock in the target was set to take place in April 2018, but at the last minute the Obama administration reversed its decision and put the target in place ahead of the review. Automakers have said they're not feasible. Environmentalists have vowed to sue if the Trump administration weakens them. But the rules couldn't take effect until the US government granted California a waiver under the federal Clean Air Act to impose standards that exceeded national standards.

Whether jobs will leave or not, the evidence that fuel economy rules will be what makes jobs disappear is rather murky.

President Trump greets Mark Fields, president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Co., center, and Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, right, before a meeting at the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 24.

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