During a visit to the nation's automotive capital Wednesday, President Donald Trump said his administration will review - and possibly revoke - looming federal guidelines that aim to ramp up the fuel economy of American vehicles within the next decade.
The Trump administration thinks the Obama White House sped up a review and tried to rush the standards into place after the election. Scuttlebutt says this is the most likely possibility, though no one really knows. They would bring fleetwide fuel efficiency to a projected 50.8 mpg in 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. "This was a constraint deliberately set up by the previous administration to make it hard to utilize coal, oil and natural gas".
"The auto industry could create more jobs by investing further in fuel efficiency and the new technologies that make it possible".
Roland Hwang, director of energy and transportation at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said Gov.
The Union of Concerned Scientists has also noted (pdf) that that the standards "will reduce America's oil consumption, save consumers money at the gas pump, and protect public health and the environment by curbing global warming pollution. The current standards helped the auto companies move from bankruptcy to profitability, and there is no reason they can not be met".
"In the quest for jobs, the Trump Administration is about to reconsider the fuel economy standards that President Obama adopted".
In a victory for automakers, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration would roll back pollution standards enacted in the waning days of the Obama administration.
If consumers do not get more efficient vehicles in their hands, the potential spike in gas prices in the future could hit those people hard if they drove cars without improved fuel economy.
As CNN notes, the rules were not a surprise to anyone, as they were announced back in 2012 by the Obama administration.
In 2012, California, the most populous US state, agreed to harmonize its vehicle emissions rules with Obama administration rules that were aimed at doubling average fleetwide fuel efficiency to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The California standard is now used by at least a dozen, mostly Northeastern states, including NY and MA.
The nuclear option. Trump could kill waivers that now allow California to set its own mileage and emissions standards, a regime that dates to 1970, when the federal Clean Air Act was enacted.
Trump's EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, an ally of the fossil fuel industry, would not commit during his Senate confirmation hearing to allowing California to continue its own clean vehicle rules.
Ahead of the speech, the President held a roundtable discussion with auto industry CEOs, including executives from Detroit's "Big Three" automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.