In reversing another Obama-era rule, the Trump administration has rolled back the automobile fuel efficiency standards that were set to be in effect through 2025. The automobile industry had said that the fleet efficiency standards, which would have required the combined efficiency of all their offerings to be greater than 50 miles per gallon by 2025, was too great. They feared slow sales, which in turn would have kept lower-mileage machines on the road for longer. The EPA responded by relaxing the standards, more than even some automakers had requested. And the agency removed any mention of climate change from the underlying document announcing the change.
Were the old rules, designed to combat climate change and its effects – from sea level rise to more extreme weather events – too much? Or just right for places like the Ocean State?