Trump Pledges to Review Fuel Efficiency Standards

By Melanie Arter | March 15, 2017 | 7:20pm EDT
President Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( - President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to review the fuel efficiency standards for U.S. vehicles.

Speaking at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., the president said that auto executives told him that the Obama administration promised to review the federal fuel efficiency standards, but issued an executive action in the 11th hour just days before Trump’s inauguration.


“They all told me the same thing: they explained that the previous administration promised you a so-called midterm review of the federal fuel efficiency standards. It was necessary, because the standards were set far into the future, way, way into the future. If the standards threatened auto jobs, then common sense changes could have and should have been made,” Trump said. “Just days before my inauguration, the previous administration cut short the promised mid-term review in an 11th hour executive action.

“Today I am announcing that we are going to cancel that executive action. We are going to restore the originally scheduled mid-term review, and we are going to ensure that any regulations we have protect and defend your jobs, your factories. We’re going to be fair,” Trump said.  

“The number of auto plants in the state has been cut by a third. Motor City once set the standard of living for the nation,” Trump said. The U.S. auto industry has “suffered under the decades of failed economic decisions that have stripped our country of its jobs and of its wealth.”

“The Trans Pacific Partnership ... threatens states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and so many others with the loss of countless more jobs. That is why I’m proud to say I’ve followed through on my promise,” he said.

“The assault on the American auto industry believe me is over. It’s over. Not going to happen anymore. We’re setting up a task force in every federal agency to identify and remove any regulation that undermines American auto production and any other kind of production, including the production of high-end, low-end, big, small, every form of automobile and truck,” Trump said.

“This is an issue of deep importance to me. For decades, I’ve rung the alarm over unfair foreign trade practices that have robbed communities of their wealth and robbed our people of their ability to provide for their families. They’ve stolen our jobs. They’ve stolen our companies, and our politicians sat back and watched hopeless. Not anymore,” he said.

“As a private citizen, I looked really with sadness as massive shipments of foreign cars have been dumped onto our shores, while those same countries have shut their borders to our cars. We take them … We make cars. They don’t take ours. Not anymore,” Trump said.

The president said auto industry jobs are already returning.

“Since my election, Ford has announced 700 new jobs coming back to their plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Fiat Chrysler has announced that they will create 2,000 new jobs in Michigan and Ohio, and just today – breaking news – General Motors announced that they’re adding or keeping 900 jobs right here in Michigan,” Trump said.

“That’s going to be over the next 12 months, and that’s just the beginning folks. In fact, I told them, that’s peanuts … They’re going to have a lot more. They’re going to be building new plants, expanding their plants,” the president added.

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