Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards

Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards

Yet for President Donald Trump, who's prioritized eliminating regulations, the auto rules represent a grand prize.

Auto manufacturers now are mandated to incrementally reach an average fuel economy of 54 miles per gallon across their passenger vehicle and light truck fleets by 2025, under guidelines put in place in 2012 under President Barack Obama, The Trump administration proposes freezing the increase at 37 miles per gallon in 2020, and keeping that until at least 2025.

If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken one of the federal government's chief weapons against climate change - regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles. The average new-car transaction is now $36,000, up more than $3,000 since 2014, according to Kelley Blue Book.

The agency suggests keeping the Obama-era standards would add $2,340 to the cost of owning a new vehicle, "and impose more than $500 billion in societal costs" on the USA economy over the next 50 years. Its analysis shows the Trump administration's new regime for vehicles would result in an additional 120m tons of carbon emissions by 2030 - the equivalent of running 30 coal-fired power plants for a year.

The plan to revise pollution rules has been in the works for more than a year.

'California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible'. California's standards are followed by 13 other states. The administration also says that its preferred plan for fuel economy will reduce society-wide spending by $502 billion for vehicles built between 1975 and 2029.

The argument remained on the EPA's website Thursday. In scrapping it, the administration is relying on disputed modeling that projects vehicles that get more miles to the gallon would lead motorists to drive more frequently, thus increasing the number of traffic fatalities. It further argues these reduced costs would allow more consumers to purchase newer, safer cars, which it says would save up to 1,000 lives annually.

Some Republican lawmakers supported the mileage freeze, but environmental groups and many states assailed it.

The Union of Concerned Scientists said the rollback is "completely unacceptable".

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The administration's proposal asserts that "attempting to solve climate change, even in part" is "fundamentally different" from the Clean Air Act's "original objective of addressing smog-related air quality problems".

"The administration's proposal goes beyond a simple rollback".

California has a lot riding on the lawsuit as the government is also seeking to eliminate the state's ability to set its own vehicle standards.

The states that have adopted California's emission rules together make up about one third of the USA auto market.

Environmental groups in ME, which is among the states that adopted California's tougher emissions requirements for new cars, and around the country quickly denounced the widely anticipated move.

Automakers have said they want improved efficiency but also want standards that account for the massive shift from cars to trucks and SUVs. "With today's release of the administration's proposals, it's time for substantive negotiations to begin", Gloria Bergquist, a spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement to the New York Times.

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