Trump administration moves toward national fuel economy standard, prepares for legal battle with California
Added 09-19-19 09:29:01am EST - “EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Thursday a "One National Program Rule," paving the way for the federal government to set national uniform standards for fuel economy and greenhouse…” - Foxnews.com
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Thursday a “One National Program Rule,” paving the way for the federal government to set national uniform standards for fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions for cars and light-duty trucks — in a move to block California's current requirements.
The Trump administration claims the national standard would give Americans access to vehicles that are less expensive, safer and cleaner. The administration also says it will result in millions of new car sales, boosting the U.S. auto manufacturing industry. The "One National Program Rule" aims to prohibit states from imposing their own stricter standards, as California has done, and the administration challenged the Golden State's ability to do so.
“Today’s action meets President Trump’s commitment to establish uniform fuel economy standards for vehicles across the United States, ensuring that no State has the authority to opt out of the Nation’s rules, and no state has the right to impose its policies on the rest of the country,” Chao said.
California's authority to set its own emissions standards, which are tougher than the federal government's, goes back to a waiver issued by Congress during passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970. The state has long pushed automakers to adopt more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles that emit less pollution. A dozen states and the District of Columbia also follow California's fuel economy standards.
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