Trump EPA to Roll Back Back Obama-Era Gas Mileage Standards

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Well, I think that, yes, they don't want to have to change, when they have already been preparing for a certain rule. But at that point the two rules diverge, with the Obama era rule mandating continued increases in efficiency.

The administration also proposed a withdrawal of California's Clean Air Act preemption waiver. The Obama administration estimated that the increased standards would save 12bn barrels of oil.

The US government on Thursday proposed weakening fuel efficiency requirements for cars and trucks, referred to as the clean auto rule.

More than a dozen states follow California's standards, amounting to about 40 per cent of the country's new-vehicle market. For example, Obama's EPA argued that a dual-clutch transmission would soon be widely adopted as a cost-effective way to get more miles per gallon.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra signaled in July a willingness to take the administration to court to protect the state's authority.

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Democrats hope to make any rollback of the emissions rules a key part of November's midterm elections, when they will try to regain control of one or both chambers of Congress. Republicans in states with links to the auto industry may counter that the administration is working to ensure automakers can make more profitable, larger vehicles, including fuel-thirsty pickups and SUVs.

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.

In the draft proposal published today by the EPA and the Transportation Department, the Trump administration says that the amendments are being made because current standards are "no longer appropriate and reasonable".

States that joined the lawsuit said the change would end up costing more money at the pump because vehicles won't go as far on a gallon of gas, and more misery for those suffering pollution-exacerbated maladies such as asthma.

As vehicle manufacturers boosted fuel economy across their fleets, incremental improvements have become more costly and complicated while returns have diminished, the agencies say.

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California and 16 other states sued in the administration over the fuel efficiency standards in May, anticipating the new regulation. That means a 43.7 mpg for passenger cars and 31.3 mpg for light trucks.

The greatest increase in greenhouse gas emissions would happen in the 2030s because electric cars will grow significantly by the 2040s, the Energy Innovation analysis found. "Americans shouldn't be denied the ability to purchase a vehicle or truck that meets their needs". Mui assumes that real world driving would result in about 80 percent of the fuel efficiency measured in laboratory testing. The administration also believes the change will shave about 7 or 8 percent off the cost of a new auto in the coming years, a savings of around $2,300. The proportion of passengers killed in cars that are older than 18 years is nearly double that of cars that are newer than three years, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study. In their summary of the notice, the administration argues the proposal will prevent "thousands of on-road fatalities and injuries" because it will not force automakers to use lighter materials to improve efficiency.

Proposed fuel economy rules won't be as strict as those set out in 2012. The result, opponents say, will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death.

"Rolling back these successful rules is a serious mistake that will cost consumers dearly".

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