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Will Trump Auto Rule End California’s Regulation of Fuel Economy?

August 6, 2018

Competitive Enterprise Institute,

Marlo Lewis, Jr.,

August 3, 2018-

The Trump administration is expected tomorrow to release its proposed revisions of the Obama administration’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and motor vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards for model years 2021 and later. On Saturday, July 28, The New York Times posted a leaked draft that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent in May to the White House for review. The question of the hour is whether the final draft released tomorrow will retain or retreat from the May draft’s bold initiatives.

Bold Initiatives

The leaked draft is the perfect complement to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan and President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate treaty. The proposal NHTSA sent to the White House in May would topple the third pillar of President Obama’s so-called climate policy legacy. It’s not just that CAFE standards for passenger cars would plateau in 2020 at 43 miles per gallon rather than rise to 54.5 mpg in 2025, as contemplated in the Obama administration’s 2012 rule-making.

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