Trump to sign sweeping rollback of Obama-era climate change rules
Mar 17 2017
No more handsome sight, ' Trump said. President Donald Trump has signaled he wants to roll back the regulations amid complaints from USA automakers that the standards are too costly and cumbersome, and was expected to announce the review in Detroit on Wednesday.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has also brought a federal court challenge against the Obama administration rules.
The EPA had to file its midterm review this year and they rushed it to confirm the standards before Trump took over in January. The Obama administration, implementing the second phase of legislation approved in 2007, negotiated with the auto industry and the state of California to require a fleet average of 36 mpg by 2025, with variations allowing for vehicles' weight.
'I just want to tell the leaders they've made some very wise decisions, very wise, ' Trump said.
The news isn't great for environmentalists who say the rules are working and claim they will save drivers thousands of dollars in fuel costs down the road and shouldn't be changed.
That was why a group of 18 automakers, from giants like General Motors and Ford to tiny Aston Martin, sent a letter to the Trump administration late last month asking for a review of the requirements.
Trump in the White House and a fossil fuel ally at the helm of the EPA may have been seen as openings to scrap the stricter standards.
The Post also wrote that a senior, unnamed "White House official said that poor sales of electric vehicles and consumers' preference for larger vehicles need to be considered in the review, echoing nearly word-for-word an argument that the auto industry has raised in recent months".
"Let us put American workers, American families and American dreams first once again", he said, hitting familiar campaign themes.
President Trump has made it known that his administration intends to oblige the auto industry's request to roll-back longterm standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency in most new vehicles.
"Yet, instead of accelerating this progress, the Trump administration is slamming the brakes", said Anna Aurilio, Environment America's Legislative Director.
President Donald Trump is expected to extend the review period for the Environmental Protection Agency's fuel economy regulations by about a year, inside sources have revealed. After the election, a group of 12 major automakers asked Trump to roll back the rules. People tend to buy gas guzzlers when fuel is cheap, so low gas prices make it hard for automakers to sell as numerous efficient vehicles as they need to in order to meet the regulations. The agency formally rescinded that decision on Wednesday, and officials there will now work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to restart a review that they expect to complete no later than April 2018. "Our strong vehicle fuel economy standards are a reflection of that and position the U.S.to remain competitive in the global push toward clean cars". Now, California and over a dozen states, including Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico (2011 model year), New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia have adopted the tougher California standards.