Trump Admin Rolls Back Automotive Mileage Standards

Headline Roundup March 31st, 2020

The Trump administration completed a rollback of an Obama-era automotive mileage standard this week, replacing it with a new rule "that protects our environment, and sets reasonable targets for the auto industry," according to the EPA. The Obama-era rule, which Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has labeled "unachievable," was originally enacted as an effort to combat climate change and encourage automakers to manufacture energy-efficient vehicles.

Left-rated outlets have reported on this as a massive rollback of environmental policy with potentially devastating climate change consequences; right-rated outlets have focused more on projecting how the new rule would compare to the rolled-back regulations.

Trump Admin Rolls Back Automotive Mileage Standards

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The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule. The rule sets corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standards for the model years of 2021 to 2026 passenger cars and light trucks.

“This rule is the largest deregulatory initiative of this administration,” the EPA noted in its press release on Tuesday.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement on Tuesday:

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards Tuesday, raising the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come and gutting one of the United States’ biggest efforts against climate change.

The Trump administration released a final rule Tuesday on mileage standards through 2026. The change — after two years of Trump threatening and fighting states and a faction of automakers that opposed the move — waters down a tough Obama mileage standard that would have encouraged automakers to ramp up production of...

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The White House released the final version of its rules to roll back Obama-era auto emissions standards, taking a critical step toward completing what would be President Donald Trump’s most substantial environmental change since taking office as the novel coronavirus pandemic rages.

The rule, called the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule and written by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, would lower fuel economy standards for vehicles sold in the United States from 54 miles per gallon by 2025 to 40 miles per gallon....

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