EPA Looks to Cut Obama-Era Emission Standards for Vehicles

EPA Looks to Cut Obama-Era Emission Standards for Vehicles

The EPA says fuel-efficiency rules for cars and light trucks are too strict and need to be relaxed.

According to a statement from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Obama-era greenhouse gas standards for cars built between 2022 and 2025 are too aggressive.

“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong. 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 said.

The EPA is also looking to revoke a waiver that allows California to impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions than federal requirements.

"Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country. 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,” Pruitt said.

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