Trump wants to shelve fuel mileage rules, inviting a fight with California

From the Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2017.
March 15, 2017, 1:10 PM |Reporting from Washington

President Trump directed the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that have been a foundation for battles against climate change and harmful pollution in California and across the country.

The move attacks one of the Obama administration’s signature achievements and dims the future of electric vehicles, which the mileage rules have pushed the auto industry toward.

The regulations to be reviewed — finalized in the waning days of Obama’s presidency — had set ambitious targets for vehicle mileage in an effort to encourage automakers to develop and market new technologies that reduce fuel consumption.

Trump said Wednesday that “common-sense changes” were needed.

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