DETROIT – The Trump Administration is It is expected that it will address the gas mileage and pollution standards of motor vehicles, which are a pillar in the plans of the Obama administration to combat Climate change were, will push back.
It is not clear whether the announcement will contain a specific number, but current environmental regulations The agency requires the fleet of new vehicles to drive 36 miles per gallon in the real world by 2025. That's about 10 mpg above the existing standard.
Environmental groups that predict higher greenhouse gas emissions and more gas mileage when standards are relaxed say the announcement could come Tuesday at a Virginia car dealer. EPO spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in an e-mail on Friday that the standards are still under review.
Any change will likely trigger a protracted lawsuit with California, which currently has the power to set its own standards for pollution and gasoline use. I do not want them to change. About a dozen other states follow the California rules, and together they make up more than a third of the vehicles sold in the US. Currently, the federal and California standards are identical.
Automakers have come up with a rethink of requirements as they struggle to meet them because people are buying larger vehicles because of low gasoline prices. They say the standards would cost the industry billions of dollars and increase vehicle prices because of the cost of developing technology to increase driving performance.
When the standards were first proposed, the government predicted that two-thirds of new vehicles sold would be cars, with the remaining trucks and SUVs, said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Now the opposite is the case, she said.
However, environmental groups say pump standards are saving money, and the technology is available to the industry.
They also say that burning gasoline will endanger human health.
"The American public overwhelmingly supports strong vehicle standards by reducing travel costs, reducing air pollution and combating climate change," said Luke Tonachel, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Clean Vehicles and Fuels Project.
The EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are involved in defining standards covering the years from 2022 to 2025.
Some conservative groups urge EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to lift a waiver allowing California to set its own rules. They say California should not be allowed to do politics for the rest of the nation. Pruitt has publicly questioned the veracity of evidence obtained from climate researchers, including those at his own authority, that global warming is primarily caused by anthropogenic carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.
If the waiver is revoked, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the state will resist. "What we do to protect California's environment is not only good for our communities – it's good for the country," he said in a statement. "We are not trying to fight with the Trump government, but if they threaten our values, we are ready."
Canceling the waiver or setting two fuel consumption and pollution requirements poses a major dilemma for automakers: While they want to avoid fines because they do not meet the standards, they also want the cost of building two versions of cars and cars Trucks, one for the California-run states and another for the rest of the country. Chief Engineer General Motors said in an interview that he prefers to have a single nationwide standard, even if he stays the same. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en. He called two standards "just wasteful" because they would require different vehicle equipment and expensive additional engineering. "I want a good one," he said. "I could concentrate all my engineers on one."
The car manufacturers agreed to the standards in 2012, but lobbied and received an interim balance in 2018 to cope with the changing market conditions. In the last days of the Obama presidency, the EPA has conducted the review, announcing that the standards are sufficiently flexible and the technology is available to meet them.
Janet McCabe, who worked as an assistant to the EPA under Obama when the review was conducted, said on Friday it will take a few years for the EPA to propose new rules, collect public commentary, and finalize all changes. Any rollback would likely pose legal challenges and force Prutts EPA to defend the science behind the changes.
"It would all take a long time," said McCabe, now Senior Fellow at the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
In the meantime, automakers need to continue with the plans for new cars and trucks under the current petrol mileage requirements, as it takes years to develop vehicles.
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