10 things you need to know today: April 3, 2018

The EPA says it is rolling back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards, Villanova trounces Michigan to win the NCAA men's basketball title, and more

Villanova defeated Michigan 79-62.
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1. EPA moves to ditch Obama-era fuel economy standards

President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency on Monday officially started the process of reversing tighter Obama-era automobile fuel-efficiency standards. The EPA is calling for easing standards aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in 2022 to 2025 model year cars and light trucks. The Obama administration imposed the standards in 2012, but the EPA said Monday that they are "not appropriate and should be revised." Early in his presidency, Trump called the standards "out of control." The Obama administration had called for automakers to produce fleets with an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon, nearly double where they were at the time. The EPA now says a drop in oil prices resulted in a decline in smaller, more fuel-efficient cars, making the Obama-era standards unreasonable.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.