This week, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced the agency’s plans to relax emissions standards for cars and trucks, stating that Obama-era regulations set standards “too high.” This effort will likely weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles.
The EPA stated that it has completed a review on vehicles for model years 2022-2025 but did not release details on the new rules. The existing rules require new vehicles to get 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025, which is about 10 miles per gallon over the existing standard.
Automakers are in favor of this decision, arguing that the current requirements would have raised vehicle prices due to the cost of developing the necessary technology. Environmental advocates, however, warn that these proposed changes will make American cars more expensive to fill up at the gas pump, all while continuing to contribute to chronic air pollution problems.
Air Alliance Houston urges the EPA to enact and enforce strict regulations to prioritize human health and safety over industry growth. Our organization will continue to work to address and spread awareness about the harmful air pollutants affecting the lives of Houstonians today.