Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Trump Administration Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards For Cars

Trump Administration Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards For Cars

And California Attorney General Xavier Becrra also expressed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to weaken national greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency regulations at the expense of public health and the environment.

Officials said the aim of the new plan is to help with hurdles automakers face in producing fuel-efficient vehicles, which, on average, cost consumers $35,000 more. The government also said the proposal will save consumers $2,340 (£1,796 / €2,017) since automakers won't have to increase prices to offset the costs of building more efficient vehicles.

Under the current standards, set in a deal with automakers in 2012, cars were supposed to get significantly cleaner between 2022 and 2025, ending up at an average of around 54 miles per gallon and saving drivers gas costs and cutting pollution.

The Obama administration had planned to keep toughening fuel requirements through 2026, saying those and other regulations on vehicles would save 40,000 lives annually through cleaner air.


The administration will now seek public comment on its proposal and a range of other options, including leaving the tighter, Obama fuel standards in place.

General Motors said in a statement that it wants to work "with all parties to achieve one national 50-state program", adding it was committed to "continually improving fuel economy and our commitment to an all-electric future". The administration's assertion that lighter, more fuel efficient cars are more unsafe has been disputed by transport experts.

The fuel-efficiency rules, which were key to former President Barack Obama's efforts to fight climate change, require auto makers to cut emissions enough.

"My job as the state's attorney general is to protect my state's rights and interests and the environmental rights of all Pennsylvanians", Shapiro said.


The prices on new cars have become unaffordable to median-income families in every metropolitan region in the United States except Washington, according to an independent study by Bankrate.com.

"If the President thinks he can win this fight, he's out of his mind".

It argued that this policy change was necessary because the Obama administration's standards "raised the cost and decreased the supply of newer, safer vehicles". The proportion of passengers killed in cars that are older than 18 years is nearly double that of cars that are newer than three years, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study. He said gas prices are "at historically low levels and that changes driving habits, that changes the kind of cars and trucks that people want to buy". The affordability argument also ignores thousands of dollars of saving in fuel costs for each driver over the life of a auto, opponents of the rollbacks said.

Their unease was reflected in a statement released by Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which urged negotiations between California and the federal government "to find a common sense solution that sets continued increases in vehicle efficiency standards while also meeting the needs of America's drivers". "Their own numbers don't even support what I consider the deceptive messaging they're trying to pass on to people". Now they're only about one-third, with less-efficient trucks and SUVS making up the rest.


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