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EPA Withdraws 50 MPG Target By 2025, Threatens California

EPA Withdraws 50 MPG Target By 2025, Threatens California

Environmentalists, meanwhile, warned the proposed rollbacks will make USA cars more expensive to fill up. California has a waiver from federal.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones said Sunday that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt "may be on his way out" due to a scandal involving his use of an apartment owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist. "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", said Pruitt.

The widely anticipated decision drew criticism from consumer and environmental groups.

If automakers prevail in their bid to relax mileage standards nationwide, warned Dan Becker, director of the Washington-based Safe Climate Campaign, they will "grow weaker by making too many gas guzzlers, the very course that led GM and Chrysler to bankruptcy and an $85 billion bailout not even a decade ago".

A new auto meeting the 2025 standards, the Natural Resources Defense Council notes, would save a consumer about $4,000 in fuel over the life of the vehicle compared to the average auto meeting 2017 standards. "Backing off now is irresponsible and unwarranted".

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans on Monday to roll back tailpipe emissions standards for automakers established by the Obama administration. That standard is equivalent to roughly 36 mpg in real-world driving.

The attorney general said his office is now reviewing the EPA's determination and working closely with the California Air Resources Board.

Democrats on the House panel with oversight over the Environmental Protection Agency are raising questions about Administrator Scott Pruitt's controversial rental agreement. "NHTSA and California", the association said.

Weakening fuel economy standards for vehicles will mean higher fuel costs for consumers and more greenhouse gas emissions and sacrificing our energy security, Alliance to Save Energy Vice President Ben Evans said in response to Pruitt's announcement. In January 2017, the Obama administration attempted to lock the regulation in place by issuing a positive assessment of the costs and feasibility of the regulations.

The news doesn't seem that important on the surface but it kicks off a series of events which will see the average fuel economy rating of new vehicles drop from the previous target of almost 50 mpg by 2025. EPA has also moved to scrap regulations cutting power-plant emissions of such toxic substances as mercury, as well as tighter standards on dumps containing coal ash. California has been writing its own clean-air rules since 1970, as part of the state's bid to crack down on smog.

California has pledged to keep stricter standards, and several states are expected to follow, effectively splitting the USA auto market in two. When the EPA moved to regulate greenhouse gasses from cars, it was catching up to California's existing standards. "This decision takes the USA auto industry backward, and we will vigorously defend the existing clean vehicle standards and fight to preserve one national clean vehicle program". The fallout, she wrote, could include higher vehicle prices, difficulty selling cars across state lines, and possibly more older, higher polluting cars being used as consumers get discouraged from buying new models. Revoking it would nearly certainly provoke a lengthy legal battle. Twelve other states now follow those rules, accounting for a third of the nation's vehicle market.

"Manufacturers need to sell vehicles that customers need and want today to fund the technological shifts and electrification and automation expected in the future", said a statement from John Bozzella, CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, an industry group representing the USA operations of auto companies.

But according to other news about Pruitt in the news this week, he may be on the way out.

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