Schumer Wants EPA to Put the Brakes on Gas Mileage Rollback

Senator says EPA rollback would increase gas prices

Tom Puckett
June 13, 2018 - 1:39 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Senator Chuck Schumer says a proposal by the EPA to rollback gas mileage requirements will only mean higher gas prices. 

Schumer says automakers were to be required automakers to just about double the fuel economy, or the miles per gallon, of passenger vehicles to an average of more than 50MPG by 2025. The rules aimed at reducing car emissions were enacted during the Obama Administration. According to the University of Michigan Transportation Institute, the average fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the United States is currently 25 miles per gallon.

“You don’t have to be an economist to understand that scrapping plans to increase the fuel efficiency of our cars will force us all to shell out even more and more money for gas down the road,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “Filling up at the pump is not only a drain on our wallets but also a significant contributor to global warming. So the rule that the EPA is working to undermine hurts our pockets and our planet. To make matters worse, automakers know that the cars of the future will rely more and more on electric and hybrid power, so scrapping this rule could upend the competitiveness of the American auto industry just as the rest of the world evolves, gets more fuel efficient and smarter about maximizing the resources that keep our cars moving. That is why I am telling the EPA to make a U-turn on this very bad decision and drive forward with original plans to ensure our cars—and wallets—get more miles per gallon.”  

The EPA sent this proposed rollback rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for initial review. Schumer says that is why he is making the case today to try and prevent the proposed scrapping of the rule from going through. Schumer said the proposed rule could be fully public in a matter of weeks and that once the rule is officially published it will be open for public comments before being finalized.

Schumer, today, said the rollback of rules to mandate more fuel efficient vehicles, coupled with higher gas prices being experienced right now, could spell disaster for American consumers down the road. Schumer concluded that the future impacts on consumers could diminish confidence in the economy and drive down consumer spending, especially if the price of gasoline continues to creep.  

The average price of a gallon of gas in Buffalo is $3.01, up 60 cents from a year ago. 

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