EPA to Roll Back Auto Emissions, Fuel Economy Standards

By Paul Riegler on 2 April 2018
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DSC_0931The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it plans to ease auto emissions and fuel economy standards by revoking revoke Obama-era standards that would require cars and light trucks sold in the United States to average better than 50 mpg (5.67 l/100 km) by the year 2025.

The agency also plans to reexamine the waiver that California has that allows the state to set its own, more restrictive standards.

The move was announced by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and had been expected.

“The Obama administration’s determination was wrong,” he said in a statement. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.”

Pruitt’s decision follows a request by the auto industry, which last year asked him to review the fuel-efficiency standards put into effect in the last days of the Obama Administration.

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