Trump proposes auto gas mileage rollback

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State threatens to sue White House over plan to roll back emissions standards

In contrast, Chao says that the Trump administration's rule would save consumers money on new auto purchases, and would preserve up to 1,000 lives each year in vehicle crashes by encouraging consumers to upgrade to newer, safer cars.

More than a third of USA auto buyers live in the 13 states plus Washington, DC, that have already adopted Clean Car standards requiring vehicles to have stronger emission controls.

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia-who together represent 44 percent of the U.S population and 43 percent of the national new vehicle sales market-sued the agency last month over its decision to withdraw the agency's evaluation supporting the standards. It could also become a polarizing issue in elections in November. "We will use every legal tool at its disposal to fight back".

The proposed rule could roil the auto industry and weaken one of the federal government's chief weapons against climate change — regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles. The affordability argument ignores thousands of dollars of saving in fuel costs for each driver over the life of a auto, opponents of the rollbacks said. "I will fight for California's waiver and support policies that move the industry forward, provide savings for consumers, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and help combat climate change".

President Donald Trump had called previous year for a review of mileage standards, expressing concern they were hurting employment in the US auto industry.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency said they would reverse the strategies they developed during Barack Obama's administration to reduce emissions.

Department of Transportation Secretary, Elaine L. Chao, praised the proposed rule, stating, "More realistic standards will promote a healthy economy by bringing newer, safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles to USA roads and we look forward to receiving input from the public". "Unless the Obama administration's punishing standards are changed, consumer choice will be limited and the cost of vehicles will skyrocket". "Americans shouldn't be denied the ability to purchase a vehicle or truck that meets their needs". "And that's why we're prepared to lead again, when it comes to protecting the national standards we have for cleaner cars".

"The fleet of new vehicles today is the most fuel efficient ever, and they have gotten safer every year", said Luke Tonachel, director of clean vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Toyota Motor Corp would save $34 billion and Volkswagen AG $20 billion. They say those rules also save lives because of reduced air pollution.

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The administration also contends that hiking US oil consumption by 2 to 3 percent over forecast levels would have a minimal impact on the environment, boosting global average temperature by just "3/1000th of a degree Celsius by 2100". California is confident the administration has no legal authority to revoke the waiver it has been granted under the Clean Air Act allowing it to keep the Obama-era rules in place.

"With today's release of the Administration's proposals, it's time for substantive negotiations to begin", the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says in a statement. Now they're only about one-third, with less-efficient trucks and SUVS making up the rest. Additionally, a 2018 government study by NHTSA shows new model year vehicles are safer, resulting in fewer deaths and injuries when involved in accidents, as compared to older models.

Some middle ground might be possible.

SOMMER: That's Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaking before the U.S. Senate yesterday.

On April 13, 2018, however, the Trump administration took the first step toward dismantling the national program when the EPA alleged the federal greenhouse gas standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles were no longer appropriate.

The Obama administration received criticism for repurposing the CAFE program from its original goal in 1975-reducing American dependence on foreign oil imports-to a Global Warming scheme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging consumers to purchase electric cars.

Transportation experts question the reasoning behind the proposal. "We are prepared to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan".

The rollback would undermine efforts by California and several other states to meet commitments the USA made in the Paris agreement on climate change.

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