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Schumer Furious About EPA Rollback On Fuel Economy Standards Amid Skyrocketing Gas Prices

June 03, 2018 - 3:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Gasoline prices are higher than they have been in years, and the move to make cars get better mileage has been suspended.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported, it all has Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York) blowing a gasket.

Prices now average $3.12 for a gallon of regular gas in the New York metro area. The price is as high as $4.15 in Manhattan.

The hike amounts to 31 percent in a year.

“This summer, the average motorist will pay two, three hundred dollars more out of their pockets than they would have otherwise,” Schumer said.

Schumer said he cannot do much about the ups and downs of the gasoline market. But making new cars get 50 miles to the gallon as of 2025 – as was the rule until recently – would help.

“If cars got 55 miles a gallon, can you imagine how much money the average driver would save because they'd buy less gas?” Schumer said.

But Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has overturned that rule, saying it would be tough to achieve. Schumer is furious about it.

“So why the heck is Administrator Pruitt undoing the plan to get that mileage standard up? I'll tell you why. He’s in bed with the oil companies,” Schumer said of Pruitt. “They want you to buy as much gas as possible. And what he is doing is a disgrace.”

Schumer is calling on the EPA to roll back the rollback.