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Trump: No New U.S. Fuel Economy Rules till 2020

President Donald Trump says his administration won’t unveil finalized fuel economy standards until sometime next year.
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President Donald Trump says his administration won’t unveil finalized fuel economy standards until sometime next year.

Trump has made it clear that the new rules will be milder than those currently scheduled to phase in between 2021 and 2026. His administration signaled in October that the new regulations would be unveiled by year-end.

The standards have been under review for more than a year by the Environmental Protection Agency, which governs tailpipe emissions, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which sets fuel economy targets for nearly one year.

The two functions overlap, because a vehicle’s carbon dioxide emissions directly relate to its fuel efficiency. That fact has sparked a continuing and unresolved battle between federal agencies and California over the state’s right to set its own CO2 emission standards.

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