The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on May 30 sent its proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.
Information about the proposal is not yet available. However the agency had been considering eight possible CAFÉ standards. A draft proposal in April sought to freeze the standards for those years and prevent California from enforcing higher greenhouse gas standards. Current targets call for 2021 models to average 41 miles per gallon and 2025 models to average 49.7 miles per gallon.
Any changes to the CAFÉ standards are likely to be challenged in court.
DOT’s decision to revisit the CAFÉ standards marks yet another move by the Trump Administration to roll back environmental policies established by the Obama Administration.
The Trump Administration on May 29 also repealed a rule that required recipients of federal transportation dollars -- mostly states, cities, and metropolitan planning areas -- to measure greenhouse gas emissions when planning transportation projects. That rule change removes the obligation to measure greenhouse gas emissions from fuel use by vehicles that would be associated with new transportation projects.
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