The Trump administration has proposed rolling back Obama-era fuel economy standards that were to take effect after 2020 and bar other states from creating their own stricter regulations for tailpipe emissions.
As reported by the New York Daily News, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) said the increase in emission standards for cars built from 2021 to 2026 would hurt car sales and improve safety of motorists across the country.
They want to freeze them at the proposed 2020 level.
“We are delivering on President Trump’s promise to the American public that his administration would address and fix the current fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards,” Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement, adding that the White House is seeking a solution amenable to all 50 states.
The Obama administration set the standards in 2012, calling for the average miles-per-gallon for cars to increase to 41.7 in 2020 models and to 54.5 in 2025 models.
Obama sought to add to the fuel standards in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and cut down on greenhouse gases, but automakers fought the changes.
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