Air Pollution Deaths in the US Nearly Halved Between 1990 and 2010Photos Take You Inside Sex Bot Manufacturing The Environmental Protection Agency will overturn Obama-era requirements to boost fuel efficiency and cut greenhouse gases from passenger cars.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday confirmed that the Trump administration plans to revise standards for the model year 2022-2025 cars and trucks.The current standards, he said, are “not appropriate” and should be amended, though Pruitt offered no details on the scope of those changes.“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.”Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations aim to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks—by introducing penalties that make it more expensive for automakers to build inefficient vehicles.In 2016, the EPA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and California Air Resources Board (CARB) released a technical paper. The report applauded the auto industry’s positive steps toward lowering greenhouse gas emissions, but agreed the 54.5 miles-per-gallon corporate average fuel economy target is unrealistic.Current agreed standards are set to jump to 60 mpg (passenger cars) and 50 mpg (light trucks) by 2025.Pruitt’s announcement is a warning shot to state governments—specifically California, which is eyeing a ban on sales of diesel-fuel cars in hopes of reducing air pollution.The Golden State may become the first U.S. territory to take action, similar to China, France, and the UK—all planning to phase out gas- and diesel-car sales over the next three decades.To reach these “ambitious” goals, “we have to pretty much replace all combustion with some form of renewable energy,” California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary Nichols said in September. “We’re looking at that as a method of moving this discussion forward.”As CNBC pointed out, this could split the U.S. car market in two—one half (California & Co.) keeping higher standards set by Obama, the other half following President Trump’s lead.“Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country,” Pruitt said. “EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford—while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars.“It is in America’s best interest to have a national standard, but we look forward to partnering with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard,” he added. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.