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Every automotive manufacturer currently selling cars within the United States has incessantly requested that the government dial back federal fuel economy standards ever since Donald Trump took office. Now, two advocacy groups â€” Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America â€” have sent a letter to Trump making a case to maintain Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for the good of average Americans.
Automakers have claimed that higher efficiency targets will increase vehicle cost, making this a battle between two camps, each focused on U.S. wallets: MSRP and MPG.
The letter, shared with us by Consumer Reports (which is published byÂ Consumers Union), states that “recent surveys and polls show that about 80 percent of Americans support the [current] standards” and thatÂ the current regulatory normsÂ support job creation, innovation, and improve air quality while also lowering fuel costs for middle-class families.
While the White House has not officially stated that it wishes to re-open and reviewÂ fuel economy and emission standards through 2025, there are reasons to believe thatÂ it might happen. Donald Trump’s second day in office sawÂ requests to reconsider efficiency and emissions targets for 2022 through 2025. A month ago, eighteen executives from the world’s biggest automakers requested that the president revisit the Obama-era fuel efficiency rules.
Much to the chagrin of automakers, the Obama administration’s EPA hurried a final determination for the 2025Â emission standards prior to their April 2018 deadline. Many carmakers expressed their disapproval and fears; Ford CEO Mark Fields even claimed the decision could cost over a million U.S. jobs.
President Trump has shown himself to be open to deregulation and even encouraged in a January meeting with automakers where he said, â€œWeâ€™re bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. big league.â€
The letter from Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of AmericaÂ thoroughly disagrees with the notion that deregulation is the way to encourage employment or boost the economy:
Interestingly, the majority of the automakers now contesting the standards had initially agreed to them during the recession.
via The Truth About Cars February 24, 2017 at 07:31AM