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Ethanol group applauds recall of fuel economy rules

The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed a move by the Trump administration regarding fuel economy regulations. The White House this week recalled the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal fuel economy and emissions rules that stem from the Obama administration.

The recall allows for a data-driven review of the 2022-2025 standards. RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen says the actions “allow the opportunity for EPA to slow down, remove politics from the process, and take a more comprehensive approach to fuel economy standards.”

The Obama-era rules were aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and was an action against climate change by the former President. Put forth in 2012, the rules would have required automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, forcing automakers to speed development of highly fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrid and electric cars.