Trump's EPA proposes rollback of Obama emission standards

Posted August 04, 2018

Despite the waiver, California still fails to meet federal clean air guidelines, the agencies noted.

'If the President thinks he can win this fight, he's out of his mind'.

Schwarzenegger added that he's "sick and exhausted of these fake conservatives who believe in states' rights to make their own policies - as long as state policy is to pollute more". The Trump administration's proposal instead freezes that figure at its 2020 level of 36.9 miles per gallon.

Last year, the president threw verbal jabs at Schwarzenegger for not generating the same television ratings as host of The New Celebrity Apprentice. "We urge 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".

It's got 'everything to do with just trying to turn over the fleet. and get more clean and safe cars on the road, ' EPA assistant administrator Bill Wehrum said. The administration's assertion that lighter, more fuel efficient cars are more unsafe has been disputed by transport experts. The new rules would cap corporate average fuel economy standards at 43.7 mpg for passenger cars and 31.3 mpg for light trucks through model year 2026.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday called the Trump administration proposals "an assault on the health of Americans everywhere".

Environmental groups in ME, which is among the states that adopted California's tougher emissions requirements for new cars, and around the country quickly denounced the widely anticipated move. Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, said consumers could save between $3,200 per auto and $4,800 per truck over the life of the vehicle under that standard, and that they would save even more if gas prices go up. That argument remained on the EPA's website Thursday. In a long-anticipated effort to to roll back the Obama administration's emissions standards, Trump's EPA and Department of Transportation argued - they really did - that providing a more lax standard would lower the price of new cars, in turn saving lives because, they reason, crashes will occur between less fuel-efficient (heavier) vehicles that still have modern safety standards.

The Natural Resources Defense Council said the administration is "driving our auto future in reverse".

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The statement said that the two agencies were announcing "a joint proposal to update the national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards to give consumers greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles, while continuing to protect the environment".

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have unveiled their new proposal for fuel economy standards following the scrapping of the Obama-era plan which called for a corporate average fuel economy rating of 54.5 mpg (65.4 mpg United Kingdom / 4.3L / 100km) by 2025.

In Thursday's proposal, the Trump administration argues that its proposed freeze will have a "negligible" impact on air quality, and boost the earth's temperature by 3/1000th of one degree Celsius by 2100.

The proposal to roll back anti-pollution efforts is in line with President Donald Trump's decision previous year to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to take steps to mitigate global warming.

In the years before California's extremely strict clean air rules, there were smog-filled skies that were fairly common.

More than a dozen states follow California's standards, amounting to about 40 percent of the country's new-vehicle market.

According to the EPA's estimates, leaving fuel economy regulations are their current levels would prevent $1,850 in higher vehicle costs due to mitigating increases in technology costs.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said much of the criticism was based on "false" news accounts of the proposal.

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