A nonprofit energy policy organization is applauding the Trump White House for rolling back some fuel economy standards imposed upon auto manufacturers by the previous administration.
In August 2012, President Barack Obama's administration approved standards increasing fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for automobiles and light trucks by 2025. At the time, Obama called the standards "the single most important step we've ever taken to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."
Now the Trump administration is rolling back fuel-efficiency standards for automakers. "[And] it's going to have an enormous impact on the industry and the country in a positive way," Tom Pyle of American Energy Alliance predicts. "The original program was designed to get us off foreign oil, but we currently don't need that anymore."
Pyle adds that the move by the Trump administration empowers consumers by giving them more choices and saving them money. "It actually saves lives because it reduces vehicle fatalities and also serious hospital stays and stuff like that," he continues.
He explains that's based on materials and other factors that automakers have used or were planning to use to make vehicles more fuel-efficient.
Meanwhile, critics say the Trump administration's move will increase emissions "during a climate crisis." A related article in The Verge takes that approach – but Pyle doesn't see it that way.
"They are misleading the public," he contends. "[Critics] are basing their assertions on projections of the previous administration's rule, which in their own rule said that it would have a minimal impact on CO2 emissions …. But this is not about reducing CO2 emissions; [rather it's about] forcing auto companies to accelerate a forced switch to electric vehicles."