Sunday, 21 October, 2018

EPA Proposes To Freeze Fuel Economy Standards At 37 MPG

A brazen attack on America's future Trump's fuel-efficiency standard rollback will hurt the economy and environment Dear America, chill out. New standards will save lives and not ruin the world
| 03 August, 2018, 18:15

Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Thursday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpPro-Trump pastor: Trump is "the most pro-black" president I've ever seen Trump renews calls for interview with Mueller: report CNN's Acosta: Hannity is "injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream" MORE for his administration's plan to strip California of its ability to determine its own vehicle regulations for greenhouse gas emissions.

The administration said the freeze would boost US oil consumption by about 500,000 barrels of oil a day by the 2030s, and argued it would prevent up to 1,000 traffic fatalities per year by reducing the price of new vehicles and so prompting people to buy newer, safer vehicles more quickly.

Officials said the change to fuel efficiency rules would offer a "much-needed time-out from further costly increases". Requiring auto makers to reach ever-increasing standards would now be too expensive, putting the cost of vehicles increasingly out of reach.

"The reporting that we're reversing Obama-era fuel efficiency standards and pre-empting the tougher California standard is simply false", Sanders said.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation said the increase in emission standards for cars built from 2021 to 2026 would hurt auto sales and improve safety of motorists across the country. "The Trump administration has launched a brazen attack, no matter how it is cloaked, on our nation's clean auto standards", Becerra said on Twitter.

The EPA contended in a press release on Thursday that the current Obama-era gas mileage standards have been a factor in the rising cost of cars to an average of $35,000, which makes purchasing a new vehicle unaffordable for many Americans.


The Trump administration announced Thursday that it would be freezing Obama-era guidelines that required USA vehicles to become significantly more fuel efficient. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club said today, "Rolling back the Clean Car Standards is one of the most significant attacks on clean air and climate action in history, and Donald Trump is making it clear his mantra is pollution over everything".

Months after they pre-emptively sued to block anticipated efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back mileage regulations, Democratic attorneys general vowed to continue their fight in the courts.

At the same time, it plans to block California from putting its own mileage standards into place. The administration estimates that halting more ambitious fuel efficiency targets would save Americans thousands of dollars on every new vehicle purchased and avoid 1,000 road deaths a year.

Transportation experts question the reasoning behind the proposal. The new proposal would freeze standards at 2020 levels.

"There are compelling reasons for a new rulemaking on fuel economy standards for 2021-2026", said Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. California and about a dozen states that follow its rules account for about a third of all the passenger vehicles sold in the United States.

Their unease was reflected in a statement released by Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which urged negotiations between California and the federal government "to find a common sense solution that sets continued increases in vehicle efficiency standards while also meeting the needs of America's drivers".

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