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Commander in chief: US president Donald Trump has announced plans to reassess emissions standards set by the previous government while flanked by some of North America’s automotive executives.
Trump re-evaluates fuel economy and emissions rules set by Obama administration
16 March 2017
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s administration has announced it will review the
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emissions standards
set by the former government in a bid to cut costs to car-makers and maintain
strong environmental measures.
Former president Barack Obama put in place rules to standardise the fuel
economy of cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon (4.3 litres per
100km) by 2025, but now the Trump administration – spearheaded by Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt – says it needs to
re-evaluate the mandate.
The re-examination, which opens the door to lobbying from US car-makers, will
determine whether the standards set are realistic and, according to a press
release from the White House, “the Obama administration broke its promise to
automakers and rushed the midterm evaluation to a premature conclusion earlier
During last year’s review of the CAFE standards, regulators said that, while
the 54.5 mpg target is possible, it is ultimately unfeasible due to a market
which strongly favours SUVs over passenger cars.
Mr Pruitt said the standards are “costly for automakers and the America people”
and that “a fresh look to determine if this approach is realistic” will be
“This thorough review will help ensure that this national program is good for
consumers and good for the environment,” he said.
At the same time as the announcement, president Trump also declared his
intention to bring back automotive manufacturing jobs in to the US, stating in
a tweet – just minutes after tweeting at Snoop Dogg – that he “will be going to
Detroit, Michigan (love), today for a big meeting on bringing back car
production to State & US. Already happening!”
In a statement released by the White House, Mr Trump elaborated and said “we’re
going to make the process much more simple for auto companies, and everyone
else who wants to do business in the United States”.
Ford has already cancelled plans to open a plant in Mexico, instead adding 700
jobs to its Michigan site. Similarly, General Motors has announced plans to
funnel $US1 billion to create over 1000 jobs and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will
invest the same amount to update two factories and create 2000 new roles.
Accompanying president Trump at the announcement were executives including Ford
CEO Mark Fields, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and
Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz.
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