The Trump administration is letting polluters off the hook by slashing the penalties that automakers must pay for their cars not meeting federal fuel efficiency standards. Instead of using the fines as a means to incentivize the industry to invest in cleaner vehicles and tech innovation, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it would reduce the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) fines by two-thirds. After being the same for two decades, the fines were raised in 2016 to reflect inflation rates. And even if this rollback doesn’t stick, the administration is looking to gut the fuel economy standards themselves—giving carmakers a nice break that the rest of us pay for with our health, environment, and own gas money.
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Expert BlogUnited StatesLuke Tonachel
In the Trump administration’s latest effort to roll back public safeguards and reward its polluting pals, the Department of Transportation announced it would slash the penalties automakers must pay for not meeting federal fuel economy standards.
Expert BlogLuke Tonachel
Hearings this week on the Trump administration's proposal to roll back clean car and fuel economy standards demonstrate the public and experts oppose this dangerous plan.
Expert BlogLuke Tonachel, David Doniger
The Trump administration is planning to roll back successful clean car and fuel economy standards. It's bad for the environment, consumers and auto workers. NRDC explains how we got here and where it headed.