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Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

The plan, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, asserts that lower fuel economy standards will save lives - the higher price of more fuel-efficient vehicles (about $2,300 more per auto, they say) encourages some people to continue driving older, less-safe vehicles, the agencies say.

"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", he said.

"We are going to remain committed to improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and working toward an all-electric future, but we believe it is in everybody's best interest to have one national set of requirement that comprehends the new technologies", she said. Currently California has a special waiver under the Clean Air Act to enact stricter rules than those at the federal level. Trump's proposal lowers that to around 35 mpg by the year 2020. At the moment, the state standard and the national one are the same-but if they diverged, automakers could end up making multiple versions of each vehicle to sell in different parts of the U.S. The Trump administration wants to take away California's right to set higher standards.

Under the current standards, set in a deal with automakers in 2012, cars were supposed to get significantly cleaner between 2022 and 2025, ending up at an average of around 54 miles per gallon and saving drivers gas costs and cutting pollution.

"There are compelling reasons for a new rulemaking on fuel economy standards for 2021-2026", said DOT Secretary Elaine Chao in a press release on Thursday.

Arnold Schwarzenegger says President Donald Trump is ¿out of his mind¿ for terminating Obama-era fuel emission standards while denying his home state of California the legal right to impose its own regulations.

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.

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the proposal would make cars more affordable and save lives.

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Besides, California - which is essentially now a foreign country - should not control the auto market and decide pollution and mileage standards for the rest of the country. The administration's assertion that lighter, more fuel efficient cars are more unsafe has been disputed by transport experts.

But advocates criticised the weakening of environmental rules.

The argument may prove a tough sell in court, where attorneys for states and environmental groups will come armed with a wealth of data undermining it.

Mitch Bailwol, the president and chief executive of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in April that he remains committed to one national mileage and emissions standard. Colorado is set to become the 13th state soon.

California joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in suing the EPA in May, asking the court to review the EPA's proposed actions.

Opponents are concerned about the rollback's effects on air quality.

'For 48 years-since one of my heroes, then-governor Ronald Reagan, requested it-California has had a waiver from the federal government to clean our own air, ' the former governor tweeted on Thursday.