Trump Administration to Roll Back Obama-Era CAFE Standards

Trump team wants to roll back Obama-era mileage standards

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

"Some automakers have expressed unease about an abrupt freezing of fuel-economy standards and the specter of having to meet different requirements in different states".

'If you want to clean up your air, they throw federalism right out the window.

"I'm confident in it", he said of the statistic.

Last year, the president threw verbal jabs at Schwarzenegger for not generating the same television ratings as host of The New Celebrity Apprentice.

California and 18 other USA states said on Thursday they would sue to stop a Trump administration proposal to weaken Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect the environment for future generations. Transportation accounts for almost 40 percent of the state's harmful air pollution, and existing state rules directly reduce tailpipe emissions, becoming more stringent over time. EPA Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, also touted the proposed rule, stating, "Our proposal aims to strike the right regulatory balance based on the most recent information and create a 50-state solution that will enable more Americans to afford newer, safer vehicles that pollute less".

Transportation experts question the reasoning behind the proposal. It wants to freeze fuel economy standards at about 37 miles per gallon until 2026. The result, opponents say, will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death.

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It added that the US' "aggressive attitude serves no goal ", and vowed that it would respond in equal measure. Treasury Department's decision, calling on the U.S. administration to reverse its "wrong decision".

Schwarzenegger also called the policy "stupid" and with regards to revoking of California's Clean Air Act pre-emption waiver, he said that the state of California has won before and it will win again.

California's waiver would be rescinded under the Trump administration's new plan, with the White House targeting a single fuel economy standard for the entire nation. That argument remained on the EPA's website Thursday.

Since the Trump Administration announced its intent to roll back current fuel standards, Congressman DeSaulnier called for a national boycott of any company that does not commit to maintaining the Obama or CARB standards, urged California's public retirement funds to divest from companies that participate in the rollback, led a group of Democratic Members from California in echoing his call for public divestment, and called on automobile manufactures to clarify how they will respond to such a rollback. Consumers have been trained, through years of improving fuel economy, to expect better mileage with each new vehicle they buy.

In 2012, President Barack Obama introduced groundbreaking standards with help from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025.

The Trump administration says it wants to freeze mileage standards at 2020 levels.

But Moore says consumers will have plenty of choices. "This proposal will substantially increase pollution and will cost the average American family hundreds of dollars a year extra for gas".

The administration will now seek public comment on its proposal and a range of other options, including leaving the tighter, Obama fuel standards in place.

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The administration's report projects that relaxing auto standards would mean 60,000 fewer auto jobs by 2030.

Auto jobs were not a major part of administration officials' case Thursday for the rollbacks.

And, perhaps most controversially, the Administration is proposing torpedoing California's ability to set its own standards.

More than a dozen states follow California's standards, amounting to about 40 percent of the country's new-vehicle market.

"A key goal of this rule-making is to reduce the barriers to enabling Americans to purchase newer, safer, cleaner cars", they wrote. It will nearly certainly face a barrage of legal challenges, but any rollback would be a blow to California's ambitions for limiting planet-warming greenhouse gases.

Although some might say lowering fuel-economy standards would cause environmental harm, the truth is it would likely reduce harm.

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