Trump Calls for Review of 2025 CAFE Standards
March 15, 2017
Motor Trend via Reuters
Review could take a year
In Michigan today, President Donald Trump called for a re-evaluation of strict fuel economy regulations set forth by the Obama administration. The move is seen as a major win for automakers, which had raised concerns that the rules would increase costs and threaten jobs.
“The assault on the American auto industry is over,” Trump said in a speech that aroused cheers from the audience of union workers. He also vowed that “any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories.”
Right before Trump took office, the EPA moved to lock in 2025 fuel economy standards a year before the deadline. After the election, a group of 12 major automakers asked Trump to roll back the rules. Ford CEO Mark Fields told Trump 1 million jobs could be at risk if new fuel economy rules don’t take into account consumer demand.
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