Trump Administration is Rolling Back on Proposed Fuel Efficiency Standards

Date: November 5, 2019

The Trump Administration is changing its plans to freeze emissions standards for new vehicles into 2025 and will instead consider a 1.5 percent annual increase requirement for fuel efficiency, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“The target moves the number closer to the Obama-era rules calling for five percent gains but still provides auto makers with significant relief and would allow cars to emit more pollution,” Wall Street Journal reported.

The White Houses intended to keep the level set to the efficiency standards for 2019, at 37 miles per gallon, but the change came after lobbyists opposed the original plan.

The final standards rules could be tweaked later, as the plan is still under review, but California’s Air Resources Board said that the new proposed efficiency increase wouldn’t be effective enough to get the state to achieve federal air quality standards.

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