Trump Administration Submits Final Fuel Economy Rollback Plan

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The White House is moving forward with a plan that will see the administration rollback fuel economy standards put in place during the Obama era. The Trump administration has submitted the final version of its fuel economy rollback plan to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review. There are no hard details available now on the White House’s fuel economy rollback plan.

What is expected is that the White House will call for reducing the required annual fleetwide average fuel economy increases for automakers for model years 2021 through 2026 from the Obama mandated 5 percent to a significantly less stringent 1.5 percent. A component of the plan was circulated previously that advocated for revoking California’s right to set higher emission standards than the federal government mandates. That portion of the plan was seen in September 2019.

The current version of the Trump Administration’s plan is changed from the plan initially proposed that would have frozen mileage requirements at 2020 levels until 2026. The current plan has been modified to propose a 1.5 percent annual increase through 2026. The NHTSA has issued a statement that said the draft wouldn’t become public until the OMB completes its review, and the final rule is published.

Both the EPA and the NHTSA say that they firmly believe the rule benefits all Americans by improving the US fleet fuel economy, reducing air pollution, and helping make new vehicles more affordable for all Americans. It’s unclear how long it will be before the OMB completes the review, and the final fuel economy plan is published. President Trump’s attempts to roll back the fuel economy requirements for automakers and stop California from imposing stricter standards than the federal government has been met with legal battles that aren’t yet over. Ford sided with California and found itself facing a federal antitrust investigation as a result.

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Source: The Detroit News

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. That’s one of the reasons why I love President Trump. If nothing else, just common sense about something that should have been done a long time ago or better yet, not fabricating a fuel crisis in the first place. Humbug on the idea of pushing stupid beefed up golf carts with chainsaw engines that are cramped for one person. Americans want bigger vehicles because we want comfort and safety. I’m all for improving fuel efficiency and the technology has come a long way. But it should never be at the expense of comfort and safety. In other words, someday there will be a vehicle that’s a big as the biggest and it will have MPG as high as the highest one now. But we’re not there yet.

  2. Best president ever. Rolling back all this government Nanny State nonsense. Democrats using phony climate and fuel crisis to line their pockets and rip people off.

    • This isn’t going to roll back the “Nanny State” but rather will reduce the increase to something more reasonable. The government is still regulating fuel economy.
      Anyone who still doubts that the climate is changing needs to look at the empirical data.

  3. The EPA needs to get it’s wings clipped BIGLY!
    Time to defund the loons.

    Obumbler did much damage to America & with all the libtards in govt., going to take some time to fix the BS!

    My concern is 2024 pres. race.

  4. “Keep America Great”? America is all the nations from Canada to Chile. Our nation name is “The United States of America” which is clearly a Federation Union of States in America. This half of the world is full of Americans, not just in the U.S. and the POTUS is just the chief of those who voted for him.

    Trump is obviously under the control of oil producers who give him billions of campaign money to keep prices low (through unearned subsidies) and gas mileage regulations low to keep selling gasoline. The Europeans and Asians, with their millenniums of civilizations, know better to reduce oil consumption and save their environments. Oil is more expensive for them since their governments doesn’t supply subsidies, so the oil market has to legally compete , but gasoline (petrol) prices remain high. They have decided to begin outlawing gasoline and Diesel vehicles and accepting electrics and full hybrid instead.

    I am doing my part with my 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid and 54 MPG, so I spend less in gasoline than the great majority of car owners. But if the POTUS allows those changes, I will be terribly ashamed of what the United States has done. The Europeans and Asians will progress, the U.S> will stagnate, and we will remember this POTUS as the cause of it.
    Trump will be remembered as making his “America” worse!! I am glad that he will be out by January 2021.

    BTW, don’t bother to reply. I will not read them ever, since reading your “Glory to Trump” posts made me vomit!!

    • I agree with you. Typical Republican fools cheering and wanting to roll coal to fuck over EV’s. The democrats wont listen and continue to do as they please, adding state based MPG standards instead. Nobody can stop that, because states are granted the power to set their own regulations based on what their citizens vote for. Ford understands this, and it’s developing a plug in lineup for the USA because that’s the right thing to do.

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