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Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

05 Août 2018

Now, the Trump administration is proposing to flatline fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide emission standards from 2021 to 2026, locking models produced during those years to standards pegged to 2020. The Trump administration says it wants to revoke that, something that's never been done.

The full EPA/NHTSA proposal and California's response are available online.

Some argue fuel-economy laws are necessary to fight global warming, but they do almost nothing to address the alleged dangers of climate change. The White House approved a proposal on the action Wednesday.

That calculation could change next year depending on the outcome of the November midterm election.

We remain hopeful that some more constructive outcome may still emerge from the public comment period on this proposal, and toward that end we will continue to press the case for practical, fact-based, future-oriented policies that advance cleaner and more efficient transportation in the United States. The resolution enables Congress to essentially void an executive branch regulation it deems misguided or unnecessary.

The EPA claims it had no choice but to evaluate current standards because the Obama administration "short-circuited" the process and released its final emissions determination just days before leaving office.

Markey noted that Democrats, along with Republicans Sen.

In May, a group of twelve utilities - including seven subsidiaries of Exelon, the nation's largest utility holding firm - joined with Tesla to ask the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to scrutinize the EPA's decision to review fuel standards.

The Trump administration proposed on Thursday to rescind an Obama-era regulation that aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by requiring automakers to design vehicles that would average 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

In 2010, the EPA and the NHTSA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and automakers established a national program harmonizing greenhouse gas emission standards and fuel efficiency (CAFE) standards. The Administration proposal would also block the many other states that use California standards from moving forward.

The resolution demonstrates multi-state support for the existing federal clean auto standards and states' right to adopt California's more stringent standards.

The Trump administration's Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate that the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) rule under consideration would "save more than $500 billion in societal costs and reduce highway fatalities by 12,700 lives" over the lifetime of vehicles through Model Year 2029.

Democratic lawmakers and environmental groups argue the move will harm the environment, however. The Washington Post pointed out a lawsuit from the state might be headed Trump's way.

"California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible", Governor Edmund Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement.

If EPA and NHTSA were to roll back the projected 39.36 mpg national standard for model year 2025 to, say, the 27.52 mpg standard for model year 2016-and should CARB be permitted to keep its requirements at the 39.36 mpg standard-it would lower the effective standard to 23.7 mpg for the 37 states not regulated by CARB.

"Californians have a right to breathe clean air, and we're not giving that up to President Trump without a fight", Feinstein said.

Attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia say they'll go to court to stop a proposed rollback in mileage standards.

California, which has long had a waiver from the Clean Air Act to set its own standards, also signed off on the rule. Auto manufacturers have fretted that a rollback, while California retains its waiver, would split the market, causing confusion and forcing companies to continue producing a separate set of cars for states following California's rules.

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the most recent information and data were used to create a solution that will apply to all states, creating more "realistic standards" that "can save lives while continuing to improve the environment".

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest