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04 04 2018 03

Citing the Obama era EPA consumption standards for cars and light trucks as “too high”, administrator Scott Pruitt has announced the plan to implement “more appropriate” GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

In layman’s terms, this means they plan to simply lower the standards, as Pruitt has confirmed. Pruitt is mostly known as being one of the most vocal anti-EPA lobbyists, before the Trump administration hired him to take over the agency. The new policies have been a focal point of the lobbying group Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

The initial standards plan saw car manufacturers planning to double their fleet wide average fuel consumption to 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. Proponents of the plan had hoped to encourage growth and innovation in renewable energy transport sector, but the new plan will likely see a significant lowering of standards, allowing for US manufacturers to sell more polluting vehicles, somewhat counter to the EPA’s mission.

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