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Trump Using A Year To Reset Fuel Economy Standards

Trump Using A Year To Reset Fuel Economy Standards

Automakers will gain an additional year to make their case with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding fuel economy standards. The year-long hiatus will give the Trump Administration and incoming EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt time to evaluation the rules that were finalized in President Obama’s final week in office.

A senior White House official told Automotive News that automakers were right to cry foul over the new emissions standards due to a lack of collaboration from the EPA during their development. The new rules essentially call for a 50 mpg fleet-wide average by 2025.

President Trump will tell autoworkers and executives today that his Administration plans to review the new rules at an event in Lansing, Michigan.

The vast majority of major automakers have been opposed to the new rules. In February eighteen auto executives sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to implement a review of the EPA’s fuel economy rules. Apparently the President is heeding their calls with today’s announcement.

The original goal of the fuel economy rules adopted in 2011 was to provide one set of rules for the entire country, primarily unifying California Air Resources Board (CARB) rules with EPA rules on emissions.

California officially have stated they are willing to entertain changes to the rules, but only to a certain point. It isn’t clear how far CARB is willing to go with rolling back the standards for 2020 and beyond.





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. member12
    The new rules essentially call for a 50 mpg fleet-wide average by 2025.


    Can't do this and still expect cars to be affordable. They need to back it up a solid decade.
    carnut
    Good call President Trump.
    Tone
    This could be interesting as Canada tends to align with US standards. That said, our gas taxes and prices are higher than yours, so our fleet tend towards more fuel efficient vehicles -- even if northern areas look essentially like Ford 150 dealerships.

    Personally, I think the most efficient way to deal with energy security and environmental concerns are fuel taxes that are used to offer more efficient alternatives (transit, infrastructure improvements, R&D subsidies) but that seems difficult to sell politically in the US. Always easier to put the burden on the manufacturer than the consumer -- even if that isn't as efficient in terms of behaviour or the economy.
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