Trump to Detroit Autoworkers: 'America Will Be Respected Again'
Mar 16 2017
Tomorrow is expected to be the day when President Donald Trump announces the EPA will reopen the comment period for the vehicle emissions standards it finalized in the waning days of the Obama Administration.
President Trump delivered remarks to autoworkers and auto executives in Detroit, Mich., on Wednesday. We're going to help companies so they are going to help you.
"There is no more attractive sight than an American-made auto", Trump said. But right now, we are not buying electric cars.
The fuel-economy standards were a key part of former president Barack Obama's strategy to combat global warming.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hinted that his agency would re-evaluate CAFE regulations during an interview with CNBC.
We are going to cancel that executive action, Trump said during a speech at a driverless auto technology test facility in Ypsilanti Township, Mich.
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards were enacted in 1975 to reduce energy consumption by increasing the fuel economy of cars and light trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But under the rule, automakers would have until 2025 to double fuel efficiency to 54.5 MPG, and this is what automakers are bucking against. The agency knew a Republican could win the White House in 2016 when it agreed to review the standards.
Green groups appeared united in condemning the decision, which was one of the first of a long list of anti-regulatory actions anticipated by the Trump administration as it begins walking back the Obama administrations efforts to slow climate change. Incensed, auto industry leadership wrote to new EPA head Scott Pruitt after he took office, requesting that the agency withdraw the January 13 decision. "We will work with our partners at DOT to take a fresh look to determine if this approach is realistic". Proponents of these rules argue that they force the auto industry to better account for the impact of emissions on the public and the environment, while critics argue that such rules hurt the industry, consumers and auto workers.
"Today's decision by the EPA is a win for the American economy", said Elaine Chao, secretary of Transportation. Many have complained that the standards were too tough to meet and didn't make sense given historically low gasoline prices and consumer preferences for SUVs.
In 2016, auto sales slipped month after month as low gas prices made buying larger vehicles more attractive. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers filed a lawsuit this week challenging the same standards, several weeks after it asked EPA to conduct the review.
Bainwol slammed the decision and reasoned it was "riddled with indefensible assumptions, inadequate analysis and a failure to engage with contrary evidence". Other executives from Hyundai, Volvo, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Kia, and Volkswagen also attended. They claimed that the analysis that informed its determination was rushed so it could be disseminated just before Trump 's inauguration.