September 27, 2020

Trump Rolls Back Obama Rule In ‘Largest Deregulatory Initiative To Date’

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump continued his ongoing push toward deregulation by rolling back a much lauded vehicular emission rule set in place during President Barack Obama’s tenure.

“The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule will require automakers to improve passenger cars’ fuel efficiency by 1.5% each year through 2026,” reports Washington Examiner, noting that the number is “sharply lower than the nearly 5% year-over-year increase the Obama-era standards required.”

It was “an important change to make,” said Andrew Wheeler, the current EPA Administrator under Trump.

“My Administration is helping U.S. auto workers by replacing the failed Obama Emissions Rule,” Trump tweeted. “Impossible to satisfy its Green New Deal Standard; Lots of unnecessary and expensive penalties to car buyers!”

Trump added “My proposal to the politically correct Automobile Companies would lower the average price of a car to consumers by more than $3500, while at the same time making the cars substantially safer. Engines would run smoother. Positive impact on the environment! Foolish executives!”

It was clear Obama was unhappy with the move. “We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic,” Obama tweeted in response to the news. “We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”

To learn more about the EPA’s new rule which the administration calls the “largest deregulatory initiative to date,” you can read the full release here.

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