White House Photographer Pete Souza
The Trump administration will face court battles over President Trump’s decision to loosen the regulations on fuel mileage of vehicles.
According to The Hill:
President Trump’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards last week may prove to be one of the administration’s most vulnerable environmental overhauls as opponents prepare to challenge it in court.
The Trump rule dramatically scales back the year-over-year improvements automakers must make in fuel economy, leaving consumers spending more on cars and gas while spewing more pollution into the air.
Environmental and watchdog groups say the rule falls short of laws requiring the government to set ambitious fuel efficiency standards.
They acknowledge the new rules will reduce the price of a new car for consumers and reduce costs for automakers. But they’ve also argued in their analysis that consumers would take a $13 billion hit in the next decade, in part due to spending more on gas because of lower fuel economy standards. They also estimate that increased pollution under the accompanying emissions regulations would cost taxpayers $22 billion over the next decade.
Central to this case is the fact that automakers can meet the more restrictive standards. However, it remains unclear if the government should be able to force them to do so.