Fuel Smarts

Trump Reverses Obama With Fuel Economy Review

March 15, 2017

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.
Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

Vowing to end the "assault on the American auto industry," President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration at an event outside of Detroit.

During a 19-minute speech to automotive executives, workers, and the media, Trump also urged automakers to build more assembly plants in the U.S. Trump spoke outside of Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti Township.

"So we're here not simply to honor the past, but to devote ourselves to a new future of American automotive leadership," Trump said. "We want to be the car capital of the world again."

Trump saluted Ford, General Motors, and Fiat-Chrysler for recent announcements of new jobs and expansions of U.S.-based manufacturing. General Motors announced it would add or retain another 900 jobs in U.S. plants in the next 12 months ahead of Trump's speech.

Trump said he would help automakers reduce regulations that might cause automotive manufactuing to move outside of the U.S.

"We are setting up a task force in every federal agency to identify and remove any regulation that undermines American auto production and any other kind of production, including the production of high-end, low-end, big, small, every form of automobile and truck," Trump said.

Trump said the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Transportation will reopen a review of escalating, strict fuel economy standards that require automakers to reach 54.5 mpg across their lineups by 2025. The Obama EPA finialized the mid-term review of those standards a week ahead of Trump's inauguration.

Automakers asked Trump to reopen the review in February.

Read a full transcript of Trump's remarks here.


  1. 1. MC [ March 17, 2017 @ 09:15AM ]

    @Gary Pipenger - "We NEED CO2 in the air in order to live - the trees convert CO2 to O2 (oxygen) which we need to breath."
    Trees only convert CO2 to O2 during daylight hours as it is a byproduct of photosynthesis. With worldwide over-deforestation (especially of equatorial rainforests), soon much of the burden will be put on near-arctic pine forests which may not see any sunlight for half the year (therefore a very limited amount of time for CO2 to O2 conversion). There is a finite (and shrinking) amount of forests in the world so it's idiotic to think that humans can just keep pumping more and more CO2 into the air and think the trees can handle it.
    "the owner will always try to make his equipment more efficient without Government mandates BECAUSE it is more cost effective for the fuel consumer to do so."
    False. Many people are of the belief that more power/speed is more important than fuel efficiency and think that the few seconds/minutes they save by getting it done just a hair faster makes up for the extra fuel used by a smoking pig that gets 20 more HP.
    "Government mandates on emissions reductions are unnecessary because unburned hydrocarbons, CO, Particulates and other carbon based emissions the EPA wants to regulate are indications of poorly burned fuels"
    The mandates are required because without their hands being forced, auto manufacturers would not lift a finger to provide better emissions/economy. They wouldn't spend the money on R&D when they can continue to milk the cash cows they have. History proves this again and again. Cadillac and Harley-Davidson nearly ran themselves out-of-business because of refusal to change with the times. Japanese vehicle sales skyrocketed while American vehicle sales plummeted during the 70's oil embargo. American cars suffered decades of unreliable poor quality vehicles trying to catch up to Japanese technology. American companies are constantly playing catch-up due to their greed and arrogance.


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