Environment & Energy Report

EPA Doubted Car Fuel-Economy Freeze Would Save Lives as Claimed

Aug. 14, 2018, 6:53 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department sparred for months over the Trump administration’s plan to ease vehicle efficiency and emissions standards, debating whether it would actually save lives and money.

The joint proposal released by the two agencies earlier this month aims to suspend scheduled increases in vehicle fuel economy requirements after 2020 so they remain at a fleet average of 37 miles per gallon. Under Obama-era rules the Trump administration wants to replace, those requirements are set to steadily increase, ultimately reaching 47 mpg by 2025.

But documents released Aug. 14 show that the EPA and the Transportation...

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