Scott Pruitt, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), stated on Wednesday he will evaluate the Obama administration’s latest decision to secure fuel efficiency rules.
On Friday, outbound EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy settled a decision that the landmark fuel efficiency guidelines set up by President Barack Obama must be locked in through 2025, a bid to keep a crucial part of his administration’s climate legacy.
“It merits review and I would review that,” Pruitt stated during a Senate confirmation hearing, questioning the decision of McCarthy to settle the decision simply 2 weeks after the public comment duration closed on December 30.
Pruitt stated independently he would not be enabling California to continue its own clean automobile rules under a 2009 decision by the Obama administration.
Significant U.S. and foreign car manufacturers have appealed to Trump, who has been critical of Obama’s environment policies, to evaluate the guidelines needing them to almost double fleet-wide fuel performance by 2025, stating they enforce considerable expenses and are out of step with customer choices.
As part of a 2012 policy, EPA needed to choose by April 2018 whether to customize the 2022-2025 model year car emission policies needing average fleet-wide efficiency of over 50 miles per gallon.