Trump administration rolls back vehicle fuel economy standards

Trump administration rolls back vehicle fuel economy standards

Trump administration rolls back vehicle fuel economy standards

Calling a new Trump administration proposal to roll back fuel efficiency standards "insane", Pennsylvania's Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the state would join 18 others, including California, to legally challenge the sweeping plan to scrap Obama-era rules that set increasingly higher standards.

The proposal from the U.S. Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency would freeze fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels through 2026, and require dramatically fewer electric vehicles as more people continue to drive gasoline-powered vehicles.

Obama sought to add to the fuel standards in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut down on greenhouse gases, but automakers fought the changes.

"For 48 years - since one of my heroes, then-governor Ronald Reagan, requested it- California has had a waiver from the federal government to clean our own air", Schwarzenegger said in a statement released on Twitter.

In an analysis of the proposed freeze, the researchers at the Rhodium Group noted that future oil prices would play a major role in determining the overall effect of the relaxed standards, since higher oil prices push consumers into smaller, more fuel-efficient cars (though of course, modern crossovers are quickly closing the fuel-economy gap on sedans).

Other states that joined in the lawsuit were: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

It's going to result in dirtier air and cost communities all across the country more money in dealing with the cost of climate change.

The new proposal, unveiled this week, is essentially a rollback of Obama-era regulations that were created to produce gradual fuel-economy gains and tailpipe-emissions reductions. "More realistic standards can save lives while continuing to improve the environment".

The proposal to roll back anti-pollution efforts is in line with President Donald Trump's decision a year ago to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to take steps to mitigate global warming.

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Under a 2012 plan, carmakers were required to increase the efficiency of their new models each year, achieving about 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

More than a dozen states follow California's standards, amounting to about 40 percent of the country's new-vehicle market.

Administration officials said the Obama rules added US$2,340 to the cost of owning a new auto and that more Americans have been priced out of the market for new vehicles.

The Obama-era rules also drove auto prices higher, since prior estimates fell short of what incremental improvements to fuel efficiency actually cost.

Gillis says manufacturers have done a good job of meeting ambitious mileage standards and consumers have benefited. The plunge in natural gas prices and other market forces have steadily lowered the climate impact of utilities, but transportation is proving more stubborn.

The argument remained on the EPA's website Thursday.

NHTSA and EPA are seeking public comment within 60 days on the range of regulatory options, including the Administration's "preferred alternative" that locks in model year 2020 standards through 2026.

"I'm sure you've all heard the big news that we're going to work on the CAFE standards, so you can make cars in America again", Trumptold a crowd in Detroit on March 15, 2017.

The administration billed the rollback it announced on Thursday, which would also revoke California's authority to set its own strict vehicle emissions rules, as a way to lower auto prices for consumers. Now they're only about one-third, with less-efficient trucks and SUVS making up the rest.

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