EPA Abandons Fuel Mileage Goals


California and the Trump Administration are at odds again - this time, it's over fuel economy standards. The announcement comes as the administration tore up Obama-era rules that pushed automakers to manufacture cleaner burning cars and SUVs. 

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt issued a statement saying the Obama administration got it wrong. 

"Cooperative federalism doesn't mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country," Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said in a statement. "EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford — while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars. It's in everyone's best interest to have a national standard, and we look forward to working with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard."

However, experts warn that the move by the administration would create more pollution problems for California. Dan Jacobson who is with Environment California, says every president since the 70s has worked to improve the nation's air quality. 

"You know, it used to be you would wake up in the morning and you couldn't see the mountains. The haze was ridiculous and we've made real progress on that. We have to continue to go in that direction and these actions will take us in the opposite direction," Jacobson said. 

The move won't come without a fight from California's elected officials, Jacobson said.

"Since these standards are going to rollback our public health, California's elected officials are going to stand up and say 'No.'"

The rules instituted by Obama's EPA would have required automakers to increase gas mileage on vehicles and cut emissions by 2025. Fourteen other states have adopted the same clean car standards as California. 


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