The Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back Obama-era fuel economy standards that were to take effect after 2020 and bar other states from creating their own stricter regulations for tailpipe emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation said the increase in emission standards for cars built from 2021 to 2026 would hurt car sales and improve safety of motorists across the country.
They want to freeze them at the proposed 2020 level.
“We are delivering on President Trump’s promise to the American public that his administration would address and fix the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards,” Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement, adding that the White House is seeking a solution amenable to all 50 states.
The Obama administration set the standards in 2012, calling for the average miles-per-gallon for cars increase to 41.7 in 2020 models and to 54.5 in 2025 models.
Obama sought to add to the fuel standards in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut down on greenhouse gasses but automakers fought the changes.
Eighteen states – including New York, New Jersey and California – sued the Trump administration in May to stop it from rolling back the fuel standards, arguing that they should be able to develop regulations to curb pollution.
“With today’s release of the administration’s proposals, it’s time for substantive negotiations to begin. We urge 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,” the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers, two of the top auto lobbying groups, said in a statement.
The Sierra Club said the freeze indicates “Donald Trump is making it clear his mantra is pollution over everything.”
The Natural Resources Defense Council said the administration is “driving our auto future in reverse.”
“We need to speed up that progress, not slide backward. Let’s keep our eyes on the road — and not let Trump and his dirty deputies run us into the ditch,” it said in a statement.
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