President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he’s delaying a plan to require improved emissions standards for car fuel efficiency. As a city filled with cars, Atlanta could be affected by this decision.
The White House says it wants to revisit the fuel efficiency standards set forth by the Obama administration that are scheduled to go into place by 2025.
Paige Tolbert is the chair of the Environmental Health Department at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She said the longer it takes for the standards to be put in place, the longer the people of Atlanta will be subjected to air pollutants from cars.
“The thinking is that when you re-open the review of the standards, that there’s a very good chance that it won’t be as strong a standard,” Tolbert said.
Tolbert said if cars become more fuel efficient, they’ll also give off less pollutants. Auto manufacturers lobbied the administration to roll back the regulations.