Court rules Obama administration can limit greenhouse gas emissions and set fuel efficiency standards
Automakers are torn when it comes to supporting new fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions rules proposed by the Obama administration and the EPA. Several states and industries sued to stop the new standards from going into effect. The legal challenges were brought against the proposed standards by the state of Texas and major industries including those in the chemical, energy, utility, agriculture, and mining realms. The National Association of Manufacturers was also involved in opposing EPA proposed standards.
The U.S. Court of Appeals has now dismissed the suit brought against the EPA marking a significant win for the Obama administration. The Obama administration intends to finalize fuel efficiency standards for 2017 through 2025 along with greenhouse gas limits by this August. These new CAFE standards would require automakers to have fleet wide fuel economy average of 54.5 mpg by 2025.