Trump expected to roll back USA fuel-economy requirements


President Trump was in Michigan Wednesday, and he brought automakers a gift. The administration's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that by 2025 the new auto fleet would have to achieve an average of 48.7-49.7 miles per gallon. The EPA regulations are already locked in through 2021, so they can't be changed.

It's worth noting that although Trump's move is a big win for the auto industry - and that his EPA, under climate-change skeptic Scott Pruitt may be far more willing to adjust the CAFE timetable to neuter its existing regulations - a reopening of the midterm review may not lead to any major changes. "I know I gave you a hard time but you have to build them here", Trump said. "This thorough review will help ensure that this national program is good for consumers and good for the environment".

"There's no reason for environmentalists, automakers and conservatives to risk a nuclear war over these rules, which will result in zero progress for all sides", said SAFE's chief executive, Robbie Diamond.

Numerous autoworkers on site told WWJ's Jeff Gilbert they were given time off with pay to attend the event, some of them brought on buses to the American Center for Mobility - the site of the old Willow Run bomber plant, west of Detroit.

The standards stemmed from a 2012 deal between the Obama administration and the industry that combined in a single set of regulations the rules on vehicle emissions, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy or "Café" standards, and California's state requirements.

"For the auto industry, the Final Determination may be the single most important decision that EPA has made in recent history",

Trump has been critical of the auto industry and threatened to impose high tariffs on the auto industry for cars and parts manufactured in Mexico and imported to the United States, and also has pledged to unravel the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Donald Trump heads to MI today.

No more, said President Donald Trump in Ypsilanti Wednesday.

While the administration has not said explicitly it wants to weaken the standards, a senior White House official said the Obama-era EPA had ignored reams of data cited by the automotive industry. GOP leaders were absolutely certain the White House policy would fail miserably, and they were hilariously wrong.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who had been scheduled to speak at a cybersecurity conference in Washington, D.C., changed his schedule so he could meet with the president.

"Mileage standards save consumers money at the gas pump, make Americans less dependent on oil, reduce carbon pollution and advance innovation", she said.

After leaving Detroit, Trump was heading to Nashville to lay a wreath at former President Andrew Jackson's tomb, before holding a campaign-style rally in the city.

Trump also compared his regime to that of Andrew Jackson and repeated a Jackson quote about tariffs.