Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump Rolls Back Auto Emissions Standards

Trump Rolls Back Auto Emissions Standards

In February, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, an industry group, asked Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to re-review the CAFE standards, which affect autos produced from 2022 to 2025, the Washington Post reported.

NY is joined by a handful of other states - including Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington - in opposing the Trump administration's rollback of these standards. Major automakers opposed the rules, which they say will hamper their ongoing financial recoveries.

So now, the EPA will work with automakers to come up with new standards by April 2018.

California has a waiver under the Clean Air Act to set its own vehicle rules and has said it would vigorously fight any effort to revoke it.

President Trump formally began the process of reviewing the Obama administration's strict emissions standards for vehicles on Wednesday, telling manufacturers in MI that the decision would help their bottom lines and grow jobs.

"By the way, we're going to have a very big announcement next week having to do with your industry", Trump stated. He is scheduled to speak at an autonomous vehicle testing facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., at 2 p.m. Any changes would require a formal rulemaking process, which would likely take a year or more and could be subject to lawsuits from environmentalists and other opponents. "We're just doing the review that was originally agreed to".

EPA released a massive technical report past year that found automakers could continue to meet and exceed the standards with conventional internal combustion engine vehicles.

Trump announced he's putting a midterm review of fuel efficiency standards back on track, giving officials another year to study the issue before setting new standards in 2018. The official predicted that today's decision won't face legal challenges, because it's revoking an Obama-era decision that never went through a rulemaking. However, the official wouldn't rule out the possibility of that changing in the future.

The rules applying cars through 2021 are already in place.

BuzzFeed White House correspondent Adrian Carrasquillo reported: "Trump pointed to Reince Priebus and said he may one day run a vehicle company or maybe not".

Automakers told President Trump this was too soon. They would bring fleetwide fuel efficiency to a projected 50.8 mpg in 2025.

The L.A. Times reports that Trump's decision "puts the White House on a path toward a direct and costly confrontation with California".

"The era of economic surrender by the USA is over", the president added, bringing up the loss of a third of United States manufacturing since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, and the closure of 60,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization.

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