Trump’s EPA Considers Rolling Back Obama’s Climate Regs Governing Heavy Duty Trucks

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The Environmental Protection Agency will revisit a slew of environmental regulations former President Barack Obama foisted on the trucking industry, the White House announced Thursday.

President Donald Trump is considering rolling back Obama’s rules fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty engines after stakeholders in the trailer industry raised concerns about the costs of compliance.

“In light of the significant issues raised, the agency has decided to revisit,” a set of rules the Obama administration placed on the trucking industry, EPA chef Scott Pruitt said in a press statement Thursday.

He added: “We intend to initiate a rule-making process that incorporates the latest technical data and is wholly consistent with our authority under the Clean Air Act.”

Obama’s EPA changed the fuel emission standards for work trucks in 2016 under the guise of fighting global warming. The new standards affected standards for truck model years 2018-2027, and for semi-trucks, large pickup trucks, vans, and all types and sizes of buses and work trucks.

Analysts pegged the prices to climb well above today’s prices, increasing by as much as $15,100 within the next decade, which is an increase of about $1,000 per truck from the original proposal.

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