Trump Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards, Environment Be Damned

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The LA Times: “… This week, the Trump administration declared that [Obama era fuel economy] standards are too onerous for the auto industry and should be weakened — a move that would undermine the single biggest action the federal government has taken to slow climate change while threatening California’s ability to adopt its own, stricter rules for tailpipe emissions.”

“The rules at issue require automakers to meet fleet-wide averages of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025 … Those standards were projected to save consumers thousands in gas money over the lifetime of a new car, prevent billions of barrels of oil from burning and keep billions of metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, according to estimates by the EPA under the Obama administration.”

“Weakening fuel-efficiency rules would be the latest, and perhaps most consequential step EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has taken to pull back environmental protections at the request of regulated industries.”

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