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EPA Proposes To Freeze Fuel Economy Standards At 37 MPG

EPA Proposes To Freeze Fuel Economy Standards At 37 MPG

The Trump administration on Thursday announced plans to freeze fuel efficiency requirements for the nation's cars and trucks through 2026 while moving to undercut the ability of states - including ME - to set their own tailpipe emissions restrictions.

Under the Obama administration's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, new cars sold in the USA must average about 54 miles per gallon by 2025.

The proposal also took a swipe at California, accusing the state of focusing "disproportionately" on greenhouse gas emissions at the expense of overall air quality. The Trump administration likely will challenge California's ability to set its own stricter standards that now match the ones under Obama, and depending on who wins, the USA could wind up with two gas mileage standards. Get the full story in the video above.

In addition to new fuel economy standards, the EPA is expected to revoke California's right to impose its own emissions standards under the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The US government on Thursday proposed weakening fuel efficiency requirements for cars and trucks, referred to as the clean auto rule.

Thirteen states now follow California's requirements.

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The administration asserts the freeze will also improve vehicle affordability "leading to increased use of newer, safer, cleaner and more efficient vehicles".

"Californians have a right to breathe clean air, and we're not giving that up to President Trump without a fight", Feinstein said. Under the Trump administration's preferred proposal, that would drop to 29.6 miles per gallon, a reduction in nationwide fuel efficiency of about 21 percent. "And because we are leaders, our standards have been adopted by more than a dozen states and the District of Columbia".

"More realistic standards will promote a healthy economy by bringing newer, safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles to U.S. roads", said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Reducing transportation emissions is a critical component of the state's approach to climate change, a defining policy for California.

The administration also projects the efficiency rules would drive up the price of cars enough to push some buyers out of the market, leaving them to remain in older vehicles lacking life-saving new technologies like assisted braking and blind spot warning.

That calculation could change next year depending on the outcome of the November midterm election.

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The administration's rule aims to preempt California's Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver and argues that it should be pulled entirely.

If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken one of the federal government's chief weapons against climate change - regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles.

The state's Democrats in Washington and Sacramento have come out aggressively against the proposal. Gov.

The Trump administration argues the new standards strike a regulatory balance between costs, road safety, fuel consumption, pollution and other regulatory factors. It might even cause vehicle prices to stop increasing so rapidly.

The Auto Alliance, a lobbying group representing BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Car USA released a statement supporting the EPA proposal.

"We applaud the president and the administration for releasing this much anticipated proposal that includes a variety of standards for public consideration", they said.

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