Trump and Automakers Target EPA Mileage Rules

Posted March 17, 2017

"Filling up their cars and trucks is the energy bill Americans pay most often, but President Trump's roll-back of fuel economy emissions standards means families will end up paying more at the pump", Markey added. He also vowed that "any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories". Back in 2012, Peter Kent, the environment minister in the Conservative government of the time, unveiled new rules aimed at cutting emissions and fuel consumption after the US government finalized its own standards.

While the administration has not said explicitly it wants to weaken the standards, a senior White House official said the Obama-era EPA had ignored reams of data cited by the automotive industry.

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In 2012, automakers and federal regulators agreed to achieve an average 54.4 mpg across its entire fleet by the year 2025.

President Donald Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that have been a foundation for battles against climate change and harmful pollution in California and across the country.

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"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. All of the above states have adopted "the California standard" for emissions, which are stricter than even the Obama administration's requirements. "We're going to be fair". The administration has made no decisions on how or if the standards should be revised, the official said. While there he met with General Motors GM, +0.35% CEO Mary Barra, Ford F, +0.80% CEO Mark Fields, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams and others.

"These standards are costly for automakers and the American people", Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said.
He promised a "thorough review" that will "help ensure this national program is good for consumers and good for the environment".

"There is no more handsome sight than an American-made auto", he also said. The EPA will then restart a review of the fuel efficiency rules that is expected to be complete in 2018. The two pages of Trump's Form 1040 obtained by New York Times journalist David Cay Johnston and released on MSNBC, showed Trumppaid $38 million in federal income tax in 2005.

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