How new fuel standards will impact California vehicles

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The proposal would freeze an effort by the Obama administration meant to promote auto fuel efficiency and curb tailpipe emissions of climate-changing pollutants.

The reversal of an Obama-era deal with automakers in 2012 will also withdraw a waiver California has under the Clean Air Act to exceed the national standards by requiring even more efficient cars.

"If enacted, this proposal will cost consumers billions of dollars in additional gasoline to run less efficient cars and light-duty trucks", the California Attorney General's office said in statement.

Environmental groups in ME, which is among the states that adopted California's tougher emissions requirements for new cars, and around the country quickly denounced the widely anticipated move.

Automakers view the new proposal as a starting point for negotiations with California, with hopes of keeping one fuel efficiency standard for the entire nation.

He said in a statement that the organization would challenge the administration's action "in the court of public opinion and the court of law".

It's got "everything to do with just trying to turn over the fleet ... and get more clean and safe cars on the road", said Bill Wehrum, assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. California and about a dozen states that follow its rules account for about a third of all the passenger vehicles sold in the United States.

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"We'll use every tool available to block the Trump administration's U-turn on fuel efficiency", the Massachusetts Democrat said, adding later, "We won't stop until this misguided change is put in the rearview mirror". California and 16 other states already have filed suit to block any change in the fuel efficiency rules.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a set of new fuel economy and emissions standards on August 2, estimated to result in 12,700 fewer traffic deaths, make passenger cars more affordable, and give automakers more freedom to create cars based on consumer preference rather than government mandate.

"Californians have a right to breathe clean air, and we're not giving that up to President Trump without a fight", Feinstein said. It would also move to end California's current power to set its own, higher standards. "More realistic standards will promote a healthy economy by bringing newer, safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles to US roads", Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.

Arnold Schwarzenegger says President Donald Trump is ¿out of his mind¿ for terminating Obama-era fuel emission standards while denying his home state of California the legal right to impose its own regulations.

"More realistic standards can save lives while continuing to improve the environment", said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

The administration is hoping to have the new rules in place by the end of the year, with the draft proposal now open to a 60 day comment period.

Trump's Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a proposed rulemaking to adjust the automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give Americans access to safer, cleaner, and ultimately, more affordable cars. It might even cause auto prices to stop increasing so rapidly. Pruitt maintained that existing regulations are onerous for industry, that smaller, more fuel-efficient cars are less safe and that consumers want to buy SUVs and trucks despite their higher gas consumption and more polluting emissions.

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