Trump, Detroit, and anti-auto rules from the EPA

John Siciliano of the Washington Examiner previews President Trump’s next high-profile trip to the American heartland.

President Trump will visit Detroit Wednesday to halt Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would force manufacturers to make cars that average more than 50 miles a gallon.

An industry executive privy to the White House plan told the Washington Examiner to expect Trump to roll back a final decision that the EPA rushed out late last year, when President Obama was heading for the exit, imposing stricter fuel economy and emissions standards for vehicles beginning this year. …

… Automakers say the regulation was rushed. The review was supposed to begin in 2017 under the law, with a final decision in spring 2018. It’s also a big hike from 30 miles per gallon average now, to more than 50 miles a gallon by 2025.

The EPA ignored industry comments that the regulations don’t match what consumers want. Low gasoline prices mean people are buying more SUVs and pick-up trucks than fuel-efficient cars, hybrids and electric vehicles. Ninety-five models of electric, hybrid and other fuel-efficient small vehicles have failed to match the market demand for a single model of pick-up truck, industry says. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced last week that cars and light trucks sold in 2016 fell short of fuel economy targets for the first time in over a decade.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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