The newspaper reported that details of the initiative remain in flux, but they noted that the plan "could substantially repress the standards of the Obama era," citing two sources familiar with the considerations behind this move. An Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman confirmed to the Times that EPO Administrator Scott Pruittt gave the White House a 16-page draft for review.
A weakening of automobile standards would bring a victory for automakers and a blow to environmentalists.
Former US President Barack Obama's second term focused on regulatory efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions – and climate change. These efforts were criticized by some Republicans who characterized the environmental laws of the EPA as state transgressions.
A change in the rules would create the basis for legal disputes that would jeopardize the decision.
The state of California, for example, "has vowed to abide by the stricter rules, even as Washington pushes back federal standards," the Times report said.