Talks Over Fuel Economy Standards Break Down In The U.S.

Discussions between California and federal officials regarding vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards have broken down, Bloomberg reports.

California’s Air Resources Board had been meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reach a compromise for new fuel efficiency regulations being pursued by President Donald Trump.

A multitude of automakers have been pressuring the Trump administration to ease fuel efficiency standards from the Obama-era. Trump’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule stipulates a corporate average fuel economy rating of 37 mph (6.3 lt/100 km) after 2020, a figure well below the 54.5 mpg rating (4.3 lt/100 km) implemented by the Obama administration.

Neither the EPA or NHTSA have commented on the breakdown in discussions. However, California Air Resources Board spokesman Stanley Young confirmed the impasse.

“The administration broke off communications before Christmas and never responded to our suggested areas of compromise — or offered any compromise proposal at all. We concluded at that point that they were never serious about negotiating, and their public comments about California since then seem to underscore that point,” Young said.

Carmakers have urged President Trump to iron out a compromise with California to ensure nationwide uniformity in fuel economy standards.

California, and twelve other states, have said they won’t comply with Trump’s new laws and are sticking with those standards established by the Obama administration. These states account for roughly one-third of all auto sales in the United States.

EPA acting administration Andrew Wheeler briefly met with CARB chairman Mary Nichols earlier this month but both told the media they have vastly different opinions on the rules.

  • BGM

    There are obvious limits to the federal system. One is when one third can dictate to the other two thirds.

  • LJ

    Keep the higher standards and watch more automakers cheat.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Or let the idea stand on its own until California destroys itself so that we can we all say that their ideas have been tried, they failed, and they don’t work.

  • EVERYTHING WAS SETTLED THEN DONNIE STIRS IT UP WITH NO SOLUTION IN MIND.
    IF OBAMA DID IT HE PISSES ON IT. SOME LEGACY HE’S LEAVING BEHIND.

    • Super Rob

      Since Obama didn’t have a legacy beyond being the first black President, it hasn’t been that hard to do better.

      • THING IS, ALL THE THINGS OBAMA DID DO IN 8 YEARS ARE A PART OF HISTORY AND THE TOADSTOOL CAN’T ERASE HISTORY BOBBIE.

  • danno

    Simple, just sell Prius’s, Volts and Teslas in the 1/3 of the states that want higher targets.
    Done. And walk away.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I don’t know why we can’t just let Cali bankrupt themselves. Let them raise taxes as high as they want, raise mpg standards and emission standards as high as they want, raise regulations as high as they want, raise pensions for public servants as high as they want.

    • Craig

      I absolutely agree.

  • Super Rob

    Having one electric car to allow you to sell more trucks is dumb. How about a look at each vehicle class and establish mileage requirements for that category. Pickups and medium to large SUV’s getting 5 mpg better mileage will be better for the environment then selling a handful of EV’s. Yes electric vehicles will eventually take over due to performance and overall lower costs of ownership. But we are not there yet and we can force everyone to accept transportation that doesn’t come close to meeting everyone’s needs. The market will decide when we switch, not a few people in large cities that never leave the city limits in their vehicles.

  • BACK IN THE ’70 AFTER THE OIL EMBARGO MANUFACTURES DRAMATICALLY DOWNSIZED THEIR LINE UP AND CAME OUT WITH CARS LIKE THE VEGA AND PINTO. A DISMAL TIME IN THE CAR WORLD. EVENTUALLY BECAUSE OF BEING PRODDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO BE MORE EFFICIENT WITH THE ENGINES WE GOT DRAMATICALLY INCREASED MILEAGE AND POWER. I NEVER THOUGHT I’D SEE A HORSEPOWER WAR AGAIN BUT WE HAVE 700 HP MUSTANGS AND CAMAROS. TRUMP DIDN’T INJECT REASON OR REALITY HE’S PLACATING THE INDUSTRY THAT VOTED FOR HIM. HE DOESN’T SWEAT THE DETAILS HE “WINGS IT”.

  • TennJoe

    Over 50% of Californians want to leave the state if they could according to a recent poll. It should be part of Europe based on policies, not the US.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I wish they would stay there and try to fix their problems, rather than going to other states and recreating what they’re fleeing in the first place.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Yeah but they wouldn’t be the 5th strongest economy if they went fully progressive. Like, they’re always holding back from being super progressive, and I think it’s because they don’t want to turn it into a socialist ****hole.

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