Trump’s rollback of clean car rules goes to OMB for review

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency and NHTSA on Monday submitted its final rule to rollback fuel efficiency standards to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

The move is the last step before the final rule is made public.

The Trump administration has indicated it plans to weaken the strict Obama-era rules despite protests from leading automakers, including some that recently struck a deal with California to continue to produce more fuel-efficient cars in an act of defiance.

“EPA and NHTSA firmly believe that this rule will benefit all Americans by improving the U.S. fleet’s fuel economy, reducing air pollution, helping make new vehicles more affordable for all Americans, and, because new vehicles are safer than ever, ultimately saving thousands of lives and reducing the number of Americans seriously injured in car crashes,” said EPA spokesman Michael Abboud and Transportation Department spokesman Andy Post, in a statement provided to me.