President Trump announced Wednesday that he will take executive action to undo an Obama administration order eliminating a midterm review of automotive regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.
“Just days before my inauguration, the previous administration cut short the promised midterm review in an eleventh hour executive action,” the president told an audience of automotive workers in Detroit, Michigan. President Obama had cancelled a scheduled review of the feasibility of certain vehicle emissions rules favored by his Environmental Protection Agency.
“We are going to restore the originally scheduled midterm review and we are going to ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs [and] your factories," Trump said.
"This is an issue of deep importance to me," he added.
The Obama era regulations sought to raise the fleet average fuel efficiency to more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025 from 27.5 mpg in 2010, imposing significant costs on automakers and driving up the price of American-made cars for consumers. The Obama administration said in 2012 the changes would boost fuel efficiency to a fleetwide average of 54.5 mpg, and argued the rules would “save motorists consumers more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs at the gas pump” over the life of their vehicles. The cost the auto industry, however, would be about $200 billion over 13 years. In light of falling gas prices, automakers argue the fuel savings to motorists are overstated, and that the increased prices of vehicles out-of-touch with consumer preferences.
President Trump’s executive action to review those fuel standards is just one of many planned actions to deregulate American production.
“We’re 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,” President Trump said.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.