The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced it would ease fuel efficiency rules for cars that had been put in place under Barack Obama’s administration. The move was hailed by automobile manufacturers and criticized by environmentalists. “The Obama administration’s determination was wrong,” said EPA chief Scott Pruitt of the 2012 decision to increase average fuel efficiency across their fleet of car models to 54.5 miles per US gallon (4.32 liters per 100 kilometers) by 2025 from 35.5 miles per US gallon in 2016. The increased standards were intended to reduce fuel consumption and therefore vehicle emissions. Read more: What the emissions scandal means for the environment The EPA described that goal as “not appropriate” and said that the EPA under Obama had “set the standards too high” in an evaluation process that didn’t comport with reality.” Read more: Opinion: Obama’s environmental legacy of missed opportunities Auto industry welcomes move The environmental agency in the Donald Trump administration will now revise the vehicle emissions standards for vehicles in the 2022-2025 model years, a request that had been sought by automakers. The Alliance of Automobile Manufactures, which represents major carmakers such as Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen, among others, cheered the Trump administration’s decision to… Read full this story
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