MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he will join other states in opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to rollback fuel Obama-era fuel economy standards.
Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt on Monday announced planned efforts to lower Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards set by the Obama administration aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The current regulations from the EPA require the fleet of new vehicles to get 36 miles per gallon by 2025. Pruitt says the standards are hurting car company’s competitiveness.
Vermont is among a dozen states that have adopted California’s low-emission fuel economy standards. In announcing the changes, Pruitt is seeking to override California’s authority to set its own standard.
“The announced intention to roll back by the EPA hurts Vermont’s environment, it hurts Vermont’s public health, and it also hurts consumers in the pocketbook,” said Assistant Attorney General Robert McDougall. “The more efficient vehicles are cheaper for consumers because they run on less gas, and so it has an effect on the consumer’s pocketbook as well.”
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore says she is also committed to defending the existing standards.