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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took the first step Monday toward weakening fuel economy standards enacted by the Obama administration. Pruitt abandoned the standards adopted in 2012 that would have required automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Pruitt's announcement did not say how far the standards would be rolled back. He simply stated the EPA would start a new rule-making process to set “more appropriate” standards. The Obama-era standards, if fully implemented, would have cut oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels over the lifetime of all the vehicles affected by the regulations and reduced carbon dioxide pollution by about six billion tons.
Do you support the EPA’s plan to roll back Obama-era fuel economy standards?
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