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Trump administration fuel efficiency standards closer to reality

Auto Industry

FLINT, Mich. - A proposal that could roll back fuel economy standards for cars and trucks is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Environmental Protection Agency sent the proposal to the White House.

Tim Nash, Director of the McNair Center at Northwood University, says specific details of the proposal are unknown.

But Nash says this proposal will likely be good news for the American auto industry.

The Obama administration set fuel economy standards for 2025 at 55 miles per gallon for cars and 43 miles per gallon for light trucks.

Nash expects the Trump administration's EPA to lower those standards.

He says the new standards could mean cheaper cars, while still making progress toward fuel efficiency.

"We are making progress, the question is how much progress should we make, because in order to make more progress it does create costs to the industry to competitiveness and higher prices to consumers," said Nash.

Robert Aguirre, Chair of the Nepessing Group of the Sierra Club, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, and northern Oakland counties, worries these new standards will be a step backward and hurt air quality.

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