Trump To Review Feasibility Of US Emissions Laws
- Author: Elsie Buchanan Mar 17, 2017,
Mar 17, 2017, 1:06
Trump's announcement will put the EPA's determination, issued in the final days of the Obama administration, on hold, a senior White House official said Tuesday. The review will only deal with 2022-2025 rules, the official said.
The current rules give automakers a fuel efficiency target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
USA president Donald Trump will travel to MI on Wednesday, where he is expected to roll back US fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of cars and trucks built in the next decade. The administration has made no decisions on how or if the standards should be revised, the official said.
The Trump administration is undoing an essentially meaningless move by the Obama administration, said Jeff Holmstead, a partner at Bracewell LLC and an assistant EPA administrator under former President George W. Bush.
"This change makes no sense", Suh said. "The current standards helped the auto companies move from bankruptcy to profitability, and there is no reason they can not be met".
"By the way, we're going to have a very big announcement next week having to do with your industry", Trump stated.
However, the auto industry contends that the EPA rushed to reach that conclusion, and that agency began the process a year earlier than was expected.
"Were going to work on the CAFE standards so you can make cars in America again", he told a cheering crowd of auto industry workers.
The governors of West Coast states, backed by mayors of major cities, are choking and wheezing at the Trump administration's decision to pull back on auto and truck fuel efficiency standards negotiated under the Obama administration.
As CNN notes, the rules were not a surprise to anyone, as they were announced back in 2012 by the Obama administration. 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.
California has a waiver under the Clean Air Act to set its own vehicle rules and has said it would vigorously fight any effort to revoke it.
The alliance sent a letter last month to the agency's new administrator, Scott Pruitt, where it described the order as "riddled with indefensible assumptions, inadequate analysis and a failure to engage with contrary evidence".
Detroit is headquarters of the three biggest U.S. automakers, and Michigan's economy is heavily dependent on auto manufacturing.
"There is no more handsome sight than an American-made vehicle", said Trump. The rules affect a sizable contributor to America's greenhouse gas emissions: In 2014, cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and minivans were responsible for 20 percent of the carbon dioxide the United States put into the air, according to the EPA.