Ryan calls on Trump to reverse fuel efficiency position


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, today called on President Donald Trump to reverse his decision to end fuel efficiency standards established by the Obama administration.

Ryan’s statement came after Trump met today with U.S. auto executives, including General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

“Today President Trump met with U.S. auto executives who urged him to maintain the EPA’s fuel economy targets. I hope he listened,” Ryan said in a statement. “Last month GM Lordstown announced the layoff of the second shift, throwing the lives of 1,500 employees into uncertainty. While low gas prices paved the way for the decline of compact cars like the Chevy Cruze, President Trump’s April announcement to weaken fuel economy standards put his thumb on the scale in favor of the larger cars and SUVs made elsewhere, hurting our community specifically.

“The truth is, the fuel economy standards help sell more Chevy Cruzes, and if President Trump truly cares about workers in Lordstown, he will reverse this disastrous decision that hurts our economy, and our environment.”

Ryan recently spoke with Barra about the loss of the Lordstown plant’s second shift, which is slated to go into effect next month.

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