President Donald Trump plans to begin a formal review of U.S. emissions regulations Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Trump plans to visit an autonomous vehicle testing center Wednesday and meet with chief executives of Detroit’s Big Three automakers. Domestic manufacturers have pushed to have the country’s strict emissions laws loosened, saying emissions goals are unrealistic and not in line with the type of vehicles consumers are shopping for.
Trump’s trip to Detroit will be focused on “job creation and automobile manufacturing… highlighting the need to eliminate burdensome regulations that needlessly hinder meaningful job growth,” Reuters quoted White House press secretary Sean Spicer in saying.
Current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards call for automakers to achieve a fleet wide fuel economy average of 60 MPG for small passenger cars by 2025. Auto execs argue the regulations, which Barack Obama worked to keep in place during his final days in office, will drive up automobile prices and will result in vehicles that consumers don’t want.
Changing 2025 CAFE standards will require “a lengthy regulatory process,” that may result in Democrats and Environmentalists suing the Trump administration, Reuters says.