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Mark Phelan, Free Press of Detroit

Consumer and environmental groups whip up an anticipated move by the Trump administration to lower fuel efficiency and emissions standards in the automotive industry. His allies said they do not intend to Abandoning Past Achievements

The outcry goes beyond an announcement expected next week by Scott Pruitt, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. […] (Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, said the government would become "The high cost of complying with fuel consumption standards in the Obama era keeps motorists from acting with less efficient vehicles."

Jack Gillis, director of public affairs for the Consumer Association of America, has the Dedicated Changes in a Press Release

"American families can not afford to spend more on the pump," Gillis said in a press release, "They do not deserve to be loaded with fermenting vehicles that devastate their budget finances, when gas prices inevitably rise again. "

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An industrial trading group, the Alliance of Automob ile Manufacturers, offered a different take, but said automakers would not abandon the goal of fuel-efficient vehicles.

"We support the administration in pursuing a data-driven effort and a single national program as it completes future standards – automakers are committed to raising fuel consumption requirements, and the key to higher standards is more of to sell fuel-efficient vehicles, including 50 models of electric cars, which are now found in the showrooms of car dealerships.

It is an extension of the comments that President Donald Trump made more than a year ago during a visit to the American Center for Mobility in Trump told a crowd in the facility, which was intended as a proving ground for self-driving cars and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would put in place a mid-term review of the standards for 2022-25 by the Obama administration.

"If the standards threaten autojobs, then common sense changes could and should have been made," Trump said, according to a previous report by the Free Press.

This agreement, as outlined in 2011, called for fuel efficiency standards of more than 50 mpg with a review this year or next. Industry groups have pointed to a different landscape since this agreement. Even larger vehicles have become more fuel efficient, gasoline prices have remained low and car sales have deteriorated compared to larger trucks and SUVs. Automakers are relying heavily on the sale of their more profitable larger vehicles, although they announce plans for a wider choice of electric vehicles.

Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysts at Edmunds, said the news would raise many questions, including a possible, if not definitive, scenario in which California loses its waiver to set the standards, and a dozen other states follow. Caldwell said the industry is not against improved fuel efficiency, but she wants more flexibility in implementation.

"I think at the end of the day, automakers want better fuel efficiency," she said. "They know consumers want that, and quite frankly, many use their consumption figures as a selling point."

The idea was corroborated by a statement from General Motors:

"Regardless of the standards, we remain committed to improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and a fully electric future." Our priorities for upgrading standards are the need a national set of requirements and the need to understand new technology developments and increase common and autonomous electric vehicles, "says GM.

A spokesman for Ford has a reporter posted to a comment this week on medium by executive chairman Bill Ford and president and CEO Jim Hackett. The column recorded the upcoming review, insisting that the Dearborn automaker does not ask for a rollback.

"We support increasing car standards by 2025 and are not asking for rollbacks – we want a set of standards at the national level and additional flexibility to provide our customers with more affordable options," states the article in Medium.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles did not comment and referred a reporter to the Auto Alliance instead.

Ohers turned both industry and government on the head, claiming that Ford had reversed its previous support for tougher standards since Trump's election, for example.

Andrew Linhardt, Sierra Club Deputy Director Andrew Link, made a statement Ford and the Automobile Manufacturers Alliance

"It is no surprise to anyone that Pruitt teamed with Ford and the Auto Alliance to mitigate widespread standards Helping to Reduce Pollution and Cut Pump Costs for Americans "This is an administrator and an administration focused solely on doing the best for polluters, not the American people," said Linhardt In its statement

a group called Moms Clean Air Force called on automakers to work to protect standards.

"American families want to drive clean cars. We want clean air and we want solutions for climate change, "the group said. American families also want to drive more kilometers for less money. But now, our automakers are turning to American families by lobbying to weaken those standards under the veil of their trade association. "

The EPA did not release details of the announcement, but both The Times and Bloomberg said that Pruitt would deliver

The EPA answered the questions about the announcement with a brief statement.

" The draft of the The decision was sent to the Office of Management and Budget and will be subject to an interinstitutional review. The resolution will be signed by 1 April 2018 in line with the original timeline, "EPO spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in a statement E-mail.

US Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, made her own statement demanding continued dialogue to create standards that would benefit all.

"EPA's expected announcement That the current fuel economy standards for the model year 2022-2025 are unavailable is the beginning of a process ision itself is not surprising from this Verw What happens next is very important. It is important that all stakeholders, including California, automakers, environmentalists and the administration, stay at the table to reach consensus on standards that meet the two goals of environmental and affordability, "Dingell said in her publication.

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