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Trump Proposes Rollback of Obama-era Gas Mileage Requirements

Trump Proposes Rollback of Obama-era Gas Mileage Requirements

The administration said vehicle manufacturers would benefit from the proposed rollback, but the US auto industry is pushing for a negotiated settlement between states and the administration to lift uncertainty over the kinds of cars and trucks it will need to produce for the American market in the coming years.

Representatives of the USA auto industry praised the administration's proposal, even as some automakers privately have expressed unease at the prospect of abrupt changes in fuel standards and having to meet different standards in different states.

"Federal rules to limit tailpipe pollution and improve fuel economy are our best strategy to reduce carbon pollution, improve air quality, and save drivers money on gas", the statement said.

"Our current analysis shows that we get substantial improvement in vehicle highway safety, and you know when you monetize the improvement in highway safety and compare that to the monetized value of environmental health and safety control, the highway safety numbers swamp the environmental numbers", William Wehrum, EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation, told reporters on Thursday.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation said the increase in emission standards for cars built from 2021 to 2026 would hurt vehicle sales and improve safety of motorists across the country.

The administration billed the rollback it announced on Thursday, which would also revoke California's authority to set its own strict vehicle emissions rules, as a way to lower auto prices for consumers.

During the eight years of the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenged automakers to meet increasingly tougher fuel economy standards.

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Transport has become the largest sector source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, as cheap fuel has encouraged Americans to buy larger vehicles such as SUVs.

The states that have adopted California's emission rules together make up about one third of the USA auto market. He said it was the administration's goal to come up with a "50-state solution that does not necessitate pre-empting California".

The proposal itself estimates it could cost tens of thousands of jobs - auto workers who deal with making vehicles more fuel efficient.

No suit would likely be filed, however, until at least after the 60 day public comment period on the rule proposal expires.

Alson said, according to his own calculations, the savings for someone buying a new auto with a loan was $158 a month, but the report acknowledges that consumers would "purchase somewhat more fuel", about five gallons a month during the first year of owning a vehicle. And with President Donald Trump in the White House, the group would need a veto-proof majority to prevent the changes from going forward, should they actually receive and win a floor vote.

Under the Obama rule, passenger cars and light trucks would see a real-world average of 37.4 miles per gallon by 2025, according to Mui's calculations. "The data and science does not back up what they are trying to do, which is to eviscerate these California standards". The Trump administration move is expected to spur a legal battle with California and other states, as well as create potential upheaval in the nation's automotive market.

In 2012, when the standards were first adopted, cars were about 50 per cent of new-vehicle sales.

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