Automakers need to stick with fuel efficiency plan

Sacramento Bee op-ed by Henry Waxman

It’s a great success story in the fight against climate change.

The U.S. auto industry has met President Barack Obama’s tough fuel economy and carbon pollution standards, as cars built in 2016 average 25 miles per gallon and emit the lowest rate of carbon ever.

But rather than celebrating this triumph of American engineering and using it as a platform to achieve needed new gains, some auto companies want to roll back the next phase of tougher emissions and efficiency standards.

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