Last week, the administration of Donald Trump released fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks, severely weakening rules put in place in 2012 by the Obama administration.
It is a victory for the oil and gas industry. It is a defeat for the future of our planet.
The Obama rules required automakers to increase fuel efficiency across their fleets by 5% annually, reaching an average of 54 miles per gallon by 2025. The Trump rules roll that back to 1.5% annually, with a target of 40 miles per gallon by 2026.