President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered that the U.S. ban gasoline from being used in gasoline tanks in vehicles, after weeks of warnings from his administration.
Trump signed the executive order during a news conference at the White House, which he called “the right thing to do” and one that “will save lives.”
It follows a White House review of the issue that began in May.
It also follows a separate executive order in April that gave automakers until May 6 to comply with the new rule.
“We are removing the gas, not the oil, which is why we are not making a decision yet,” Trump said.
“We are still working on it.
We are working on that.”
The U.N. agency has issued multiple reports that suggest that the ban could increase air pollution in some U.L.I. countries.
A recent analysis by the EPA and the U-T San Diego found that the fuel used in vehicles could increase carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 17 percent in 2030, and by as many as 60 percent in 2050.
The U.K. Environmental Protection Agency has also warned that gasoline could exacerbate climate change.
In his announcement, Trump said that “the time is right” for the U:l. to take action to “save lives and the environment, and help keep America competitive and thriving.”
The new ban will go into effect on May 6, 2018, and the Environmental Protection Administration is expected to issue final regulations by that date.
The order has not been put on hold, and a White Farm spokeswoman told The Associated Press that the EPA is still reviewing the decision.
I order applies to vehicles manufactured since April 1, 2020, when the EPA first started requiring cars to have a gas filter in place.
The fuel can be used for engine cooling and heating, but not in the engine.