EPA Proposes To Freeze Fuel Economy Standards At 37 MPG

Less than a full day after the federal government announced its intention to freeze fuel-economy and tailpipe emissions standards, a number of states are ready to take this proposal to court. "From a consumer angle, from an environmental angle, from an industry angle, there's just no great logic [for this proposal] outside of the administration really catering to extremist viewpoints". They said the average cost of a new automobile is $35,000 and attributed part of that to increasing fuel standards.

Under this GOP-controlled Congress, that gambit is unlikely to advance.

"If the President thinks he can win this fight, he's out of his mind".

That calculation could change next year depending on the outcome of the November midterm election.

Administration officials said the Obama rules added US$2,340 to the cost of owning a new auto and that more Americans have been priced out of the market for new vehicles.

The Trump administration is arguing that the multiple standards complicate regulation. Mui assumes that real world driving would result in about 80 percent of the fuel efficiency measured in laboratory testing.

And California Attorney General Xavier Becrra also expressed his strong opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to weaken national greenhouse gas emission and fuel efficiency regulations at the expense of public health and the environment.

While many carmakers have touted their development of more efficient cars, including electric vehicles, auto lobbyists were quick to get assurances from the Trump administration that the more stringent rules would be dismantled.

"The agencies' preferred alternative reflects a balance of safety, economics, technology, fuel conservation, and pollution reduction", the DoT wrote in a statement.

Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said the freeze would reduce highway deaths by 1,000 per year "by reducing these barriers that prevent consumers from getting into the newer, safer, cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars".

Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups argue the move will harm the environment, however. "Their own numbers don't even support what I consider the deceptive messaging they're trying to pass on to people".

The prices on new cars have become unaffordable to median-income families in every metropolitan region in the United States except Washington, according to an independent study by Bankrate.com.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said in a statement Thursday that there is no need to change the standards, and that the state is "not going to let him" change its emissions standards.

California is expected to challenge the withdrawal of the waiver in court.

Most importantly, it also wants to strip California of its unique right to set more restrictive standards than the federal government-a deal written into the Clean Air Act because the state had been regulating smog long before the federal law existed. "The Trump administration has made a decision to force America's drivers to spend more at the gas pump, burn millions more barrels of oil, and put us on a path to greater harm from climate change".

The new proposal, unveiled this week, is essentially a rollback of Obama-era regulations that were created to produce gradual fuel-economy gains and tailpipe-emissions reductions.

"My job as the state's attorney general is to protect my state's rights and interests and the environmental rights of all Pennsylvanians", Shapiro said. Carper in a statement noted the administration's "ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

Vanessa Coleman

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