Car manufacturers that do business in the US have to comply with fuel efficiency standards — a fleet average of 54.5 mpg — through 2025, which were put in place by the Obama administration. Companies are not very happy with these standards and are hoping that the new Commander-in-Chief will change them.
CEOs of 18 major automakers including Ford, GM, Nissan, Honda, Volkswagen, and others have joined forces and are now urging President Trump to revisit the decision made by the Obama administration regarding the fuel efficiency standards. They have sent a letter to Trump in which they stated a few reasons as to why the rules have to be changed. The CEOs claim that the requirements set in place are raising their cost and might “put hundreds of thousands and perhaps as many as a million jobs at risk.”
Not everyone agrees with the car companies. Environmentalists believe that the rules are working and shouldn’t be changed. Luke Tonachel of the Natural Resources Defense Council, stated that lowering standards would not only cost consumers more but would also increase the US dependence on oil and put the American people at a greater risk from a changing climate.
The Trump administration hasn’t officially responded to the letter, although Environmental Protection Agency nominee Scott Pruitt has told a Senate panel that he intends to review the decision made by the Obama administration.