Environmentalists Call For CAFE Rules Not To Be Changed

Many environmentalists are pleading with President Donald Trump not to roll back fuel economy rules for vehicles put in place by President Obama.

Automakers have been vocal in their support for more relaxed mpg rules but during a recent public comment hearing organize by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many voiced their concerns about potential changes.

“I’m here today to call on EPA to continue the tremendous success and leadership of its clean cars program, and to condemn the current administration’s signals that it will recklessly weaken these standards and shortchange EPA’s role,” said senior attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund’s U.S. Climate Legal and Regulatory program, Martha Roberts.

Under the previous administration, President Obama enacted stringent EPA rules between the 2017 and 2021 model years and then between 2022 and 2025. Under the current rules, carmakers need to achieve a fleetwide average of at least 35 mpg for 2017, 36 mpg for 2018, 37 mpg for 2019 and 39 mpg in 2020. Rules were then to become tighter until they reached 54.5 mpg in 2025.

The Detroit News reports that the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is a key supporter of the administration’s plan to loosen these rules.

In a statement, the lobby group’s vice president of energy and environment, Chris Nevers said “to keep costs reasonable for buyers and maximize future production levels and fleet turnover, it is vital to clearly focus on consumer preferences and market realities.”

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  • Craig

    “…. and to condemn the current administration’s signals that it will recklessly weaken these standards and shortchange EPA’s role.” THAT is EXACTLY how NOT to go about trying to change someone’s mind. That said… I don’t think that a minor easing up on the rules is unwarranted. To increase the average by 15.5 mpg over 5 years [From 2020 to 2025] is unrealistic.

  • Mother Nature

    “to keep costs reasonable for buyers and maximize future production levels and fleet turnover, it is vital to clearly focus on consumer preferences and market realities.”

    That’s right, fuck the environment—we can always get another one! How come our nation has become so damn ignorant and can no longer address a challenge?

    • matrem

      Because we elected the dimmest set of crooks ever, because our most mediocre citizens were conned.

    • Exactly. Prices will go up? Need to spend more on R&D? Less profit? What’s that compared to the environment and the health of the people…

  • MultiKdizzle

    Car guy here, love big gas engines, love burning rubber.

    Keep the rules in place. Our current consumption patterns aren’t sustainable for the next generation. All but the most willfully ignorant can see that.

  • Honda NSX-R

    And manufacturers will make more crossovers to loophole these standards.

  • Afi Keita James

    Get rid of the EPA and others.