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Automakers Ask EPA to Revise Fuel Efficiency Standards

by Countable | 10.20.17

What’s the story?

Automakers are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise fuel efficiency standards approved during the dying days of the Obama administration.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers – an advocacy group representing GM, Ford, BMW, and other carmakers – is asking the EPA and NHTSA to loosen the Obama era mandate requiring them to raise a car’s average fuel economy to 51.4MPG by 2025.

As Reuters explained, the Auto Alliance’s comments "set up the next round in a battle between automakers and the state of California and environmental groups, which argue against any retreat from limits to greenhouse gas emissions."

EPA head Scott Pruitt has said the "standards are costly for automakers and the American people."

Why does it matter?

In comments filed with the EPA, the Auto Alliance argued that the agency underestimated the cost of technologies required to raise a fleet’s average fuel economy to 51.4 mpg by 2025. At the same time, Global Automakers - a group representing Honda, Hyundai, and others – told the EPA that consumers don’t care about fuel-efficient vehicles.

"There is, simply put, a misalignment between the increasing stringency of the standards and the decreasing consumer demand for fuel efficiency," the group said in comments filed with the EPA.

Pruitt, and President Donald Trump, have voiced their support for the automakers. In March, Trump ordered a review of fuel-efficiency standards, telling a group of union autoworkers that he would "ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories."

Earlier this month, the EPA announced it’s reconsidering clean car standards.

While the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers welcomed the news, the concern for both groups is the land of traffic and its jams. "California, the most populous U.S. state, will withdraw from a 2012 agreement to adhere to the national EPA standard if the current standards are weakened," Reuters said. If automakers soften regulations, they give up selling cars in California and the 12 other states that follow the Golden State’s lead.

California said it’s not going to budge.

"If the federal standards are relaxed despite the overwhelming body of evidence demonstrating they should continue as is, California will maintain its standards. Moreover, we will pursue all available legal remedies to overturn federal actions that are unsupported by the facts and law," state officials said in a statement.

What do you think?

Do you agree with the automakers and Pruitt that "standards are costly for automakers and the American people"? Or do you side with California that increased fuel efficiency standards “should continue as is”? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then tell your fellow drivers below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Ticktock
    10/20/2017
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    No! Although it probably will not matter what citizens think. Autos contribute to pollution and we as a country have already fought hard against the polluters of our air. Let’s continue to move forward. Let’s also fire Pruitt.

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  • Cindylen
    10/20/2017
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    The longevity of our natural environment is far more important than corporate finances. Let necessity be the mother of invention. Hire some engineers and inventors. Let’s get the ball rolling toward sustainability!

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  • Sheryl
    10/20/2017
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    Do you know how far behind the US is in comparison to other countries in energy efficiency & use of alternate energy sources? Fossil fuels are a dwindling resource. To support the EPA and auto makers with this obscene request will set us back decades in clean air efforts. How many more of our children need to suffer from asthma before we say NO

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  • Donna
    10/20/2017
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    This is another example of putting the requests and desires of large corporations (in this case oil and automakers) ahead of the public you were elected to serve. Allowing automakers to continue manufacturing autos that do not provide increased fuel efficiency will not help the American public -- it will only help the auto industry. If the auto makers can't figure out how to increase efficiency without sacrificing their almighty profit, maybe they need new employees. This will not save the American people any money. Oil companies use the price of gas like a freaking ping pong ball -- setting the price daily, in some cases by the hour -- regardless of the price of a barrel. Supply and demand? I don't think so. I have watched the price of a gallon of gas go up three times in one day at my local station. How can the gas delivered three days ago and already in a storage tank cost more at 9 am than it did at 6? By allowing auto makers to continue to keep Americans dependent on oil and gas, you are once again screwing the public in favor of the corporations and lobbyists that apparently run our government. When will anyone in Congress decide enough is enough, grow a spine and finally stand up to the corrupt, big money influence that is destroying this republic? Citizens United be damned -- BMW, Exxon and GM are NOT people and should have no say in a government designed to be of the people, for the people and by the people.

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  • Gail
    10/20/2017
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    Do not weaken regulations for auto manufacturers. It will actually be more costly when people are unable to breathe and children start dying from asthma! Stop the destruction!

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  • Ken
    10/20/2017
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    This has to be the most arrogant, self serving administration ever. Head of EPA to progress us toward dirt water, air, and soil. Head of education wants to dismantle public education as we know it. It's like we are hiring child molesters to babysit our children. Are we the people so ignorant that we can't see what's going on.

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  • Vanessa
    10/20/2017
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    Pollution like we had in the 70’s is unacceptable! I have taken pride in buying vehicle’s from “American made” company’s, believing they were developed with the excellence and forethought to protection and safety. To lessen the strides that have been made to combat climate change is a detriment and obvious attempt by these same companies to put profit over craftsmanship. Foreign companies aren’t backing away from the concerns of climate change. You were bailed out once for your ignorance, it won’t be as easy to hold your hand out again because of your arrogance. My next vehicle will be environment friendly period.

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  • Beatrice
    10/20/2017
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    Please do not allow the EPA’s current policy makers to lower the Fuel Efficiency Standards. To do so would be a criminal act against future generations. I would be forced to buy my next car in California, in order to show my solidarity with their stand for higher fuel efficiency.

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  • Andrew
    10/20/2017
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    These standards need to stay in place for the future of our children. This should be a starting point to expand further, not retreat from.

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  • Kodiwodi
    10/21/2017
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    No. This Congress spends far too much time moving backward and almost no time thinking about the future. It is almost as if the whole goal of this Congress is to move this country back in time to the Cold War Era as fast as they can, financially, ecologically, environmentally, and in terms of Civil Rights. No it's time we stick to the progress we've made. Not all of us are eager to see Lake Erie on fire again just to help out industry.

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  • Sherrie
    10/20/2017
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    Environment is more important than corporate Being upset

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  • Luke
    10/20/2017
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    Costly for American carmakers and the American people my ass. The only people it will be costly towards are those making big bucks off of the fuel industry, which in turn through backward deals could mean carmakers but the general American people? Certainly not. Keep the recommendation, we’re so far behind the rest of the world on this!

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  • Claude
    10/20/2017
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    We need to keep regulations which will force automakers to become more innovative.

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  • Karalyn
    10/20/2017
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    NO! We need to keep car emissions as low as possible. Stop killing us and the planet. Pollution is not good for ANYONE.

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  • Deidre
    10/20/2017
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    Please continue the mileage standards under Obama. They will make it easier to breathe and spur new industry, technology and jobs. Do not let the US be sidelined in the development of renewable energy

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  • Phillip
    10/21/2017
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    The writing is on the wall for the US car industry in general as it continues to lag behind the rest of the world in mpg and innovation. Most advanced societies already have phase out dates for the internal combustion engine so unless we get with the program this won't matter any more. The car and fossil fuel industries are lazy. Without the goal they will continue to offer the same old crap getting 14-30 mpg. Keep it at 51.4. They can put some of their giant corporate tax cuts from your budget and tax plan to used to get to this level.

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  • SirRobert
    10/20/2017
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    Trump’s plan: 1. Put an anti-environmental person in charge of the EPA. 2. Let’s let manufactures dump in streams and rivers again. 3. Let’s start fracking national parks. 4. Let’s remove EPA regulations on auto emissions. 5. All the billionaires that contributed to my campaign are happy. 6. Head for the Presidential bunker because North Korea has had enough of the presidents tweets. SOMEONE IMPEACH THIS ROTTEN SOB!!!

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  • Azrael
    10/20/2017
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    No Simply no We need clean air We need to stop global warming

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  • Brian
    10/20/2017
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    We should always be progressing towards a better and more efficient future. If the car manufactures don’t like the fuel economy restrictions / don’t think they are achievable, then they might need to investigate other avenues such as electric or high efficiency Diesel engines.

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  • Merry
    10/20/2017
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    No no no. There is a reason this was put into place. Please save us from this human monsters that only care about money not people

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