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Proposed Law Would Ease Fuel Economy Rules

October 13, 2017

A pair of federal lawmakers from Michigan have proposed a bill that would make it easier for automakers to meet fuel economy requirements, reports Reuters.

The bipartisan legislation proposed by Reps. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Debbie Dingell (D-Ann Arbor) would require the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to reconcile their fuel econony standards so manufacturers could comply with one set of rules.

The EPA oversees the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program, while NHTSA oversees the carbon dioxide reduction program.

The changes would allow manufacturers to make vehicles that are an average of 3 miles a gallon less efficient in 2021. Current standards require a near doubling of fuel economy by 2025. President Trump has also reopened a review of Obama's rules that could loosen the standards.

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