In recent months, the Trump administration has taken action to limit the federal government’s control over regulating the amount of pollution created by automobiles. Specifically, he sharply curtailed a policy created by President Obama which required automakers to increase the fuel efficiency of their cars in order to meet certain benchmarks in the coming years. Additionally, Trump’s new proposal would prevent individual states from setting their own pollution standards for automobiles.
Many environmental groups have come out in opposition to President Trump’s new policy, arguing that reducing the amount of pollution standards on cars will increase health problems and contribute to global warming. They also claim that the new plan, which would force states to meet one pollution standard set by the federal government, would be a violation of federalism and states’ rights. Those who support the new emission standards argue that Obama’s requirements were too stringent to reasonably expect compliance. This side claims that forcing car producers to innovate at such a rapid pace would significantly raise car costs and hurt consumers. They also claim that emission regulations is a federal issue that should have one set of standards, and states with deviating policies would cause significant problems with enforcement. What do you think? Should the federal government create a single, reduced standard for automobile emissions?