Trump plan to review vehicle fuel efficiency rules draws criticism

Trevor Jackson
March 17, 2017

"Filling up their cars and trucks is the energy bill Americans pay most often, but President Trump's roll-back of fuel economy emissions standards means families will end up paying more at the pump", Markey added.

"We're going to bring a lot of jobs back to MI and OH and Pennsylvania", Trump said at the roundtable.

Trump administration versus the CARB states The EPA and DOT will have to do battle with California and 12 other states and the District of Columbia if the agencies decide to rollback the emission and fuel efficiency standards. They say they need more flexibility to meet the rules amid low gas prices.

After meeting with auto CEOs and union leaders, Trump announced his plan at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Mich., outside Detroit. The Los Angeles Times sees the possibility of a "legal brawl" between the state and the White House over the standards.

President Donald Trump is expected to extend the review period for the Environmental Protection Agency's fuel economy regulations by about a year, inside sources have revealed.

The nuclear option. Trump could kill waivers that now allow California to set its own mileage and emissions standards, a regime that dates to 1970, when the federal Clean Air Act was enacted.

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"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.

Here, vehicles refuel at a roadside gas station in New Mexico.

"We're going to pull back the EPA's determination, because we don't think it's right", the White House official said. NY is among more than a dozen, mostly Northeastern states that have adopted California standards. Brown warned auto makers in another letter Wednesday that his state would take the "necessary steps" to preserve its current emissions standards. "We're going to help the companies and they're gonna help you".

The review, announced by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, could eventually lead to looser emission standards for automakers, and was met with praise from the auto industry and criticism from environmentalists. So Trump has an opportunity to review the rules and potentially cancel them. He said that infrastructure was a priority for him and it's a priority for us here in Flint. Currently, robots perform about 10 percent of manufacturing jobs, but the BCG said this could rise to 25 percent by 2025, the target date for the fuel economy restrictions.

The official said the administration wanted to put the review "back on track" and that no decision had been made to loosen the standards.

"The assault on the American auto industry, believe me, is over", he said during his speech.

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