The Trump administration will make car emissions and fuel economy standards less stringent. According to people close to the topic, by 2026, only a slight increase in the efficiency of power plants of cars with internal combustion engines will be required.
The administration will require automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of new cars every year by 1.5 % (the average for the model range), starting in 2021. These improvements are much more modest than past requirements for an annual increase in efficiency of about 5% (under the rules outlined by the Obama administration).
The final regulation ended years of effort to scrap ambitious standards that proponents call the most effective policy ever adopted to reduce climate-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Back in August 2018, the environmental protection agency and the US Department of transportation proposed limiting the tightening of standards after 2020. By these standards, the average fuel efficiency (for the model range) should have been brought to 5.65 liters per 100 km (50 mph) by the mid-2020s.
These structures argued for the rejection of such restrictions by saying that the weakening of efficiency standards will lead to lower prices for cars, and therefore make it easier for buyers to replace old, less efficient cars with newer, safer ones. And this will avoid thousands of accidents and victims as a result of road accidents.
The current administration of the US President abandoned the original plan to freeze the standards. Instead, a modest 1.5% annual improvement in performance will be required. But according to this approach, much fewer accidents can be prevented than originally expected.
Thomas Carper, a Senator from the Democratic Party of the United States, commented on the Administration’s decision: “The New rules do not give the promised advantages in the form of safer and more fuel-efficient cars.”
Dan Baker, head of the Safe Climate Campaign, put it even more harshly: “Of all the bad things that President Trump has done to the environment, this is the worst. It stops the biggest step any country has taken to combat global warming and reduce oil use. It abandons cleaner and more efficient cars in favor of polluting ones.”