Thursday, 18 October, 2018

States vow to fight Trump administration on fuel-economy freeze

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
Edmund Robinson | 03 August, 2018, 18:13

They want to freeze them at the proposed 2020 level.

But there's enough lead time, with their freezing it at 2020 levels.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a main industry group, sought to stave off any dispute between California and the federal government that could split the USA auto market: "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 American drivers".

More than a dozen states follow California's standards, amounting to about 40 per cent of the country's new-vehicle market. But Trump's EPA said the efficiency rules drive up vehicle prices, keeping many people in older, less safe cars and trucks.

The administration billed the rollback it announced on Thursday, which would also revoke California's authority to set its own strict vehicle emissions rules, as a way to lower auto prices for consumers.

He said in a statement that the organization would challenge the administration's action "in the court of public opinion and the court of law".

"They don't offer any meaningful example of what has changed so dramatically" to warrant the reversal, said Jeff Alson, who until this spring was a senior engineer in the EPA's transportation and air quality office.

The proposal represents an abrupt reversal of the findings that the government reached under President Obama, when regulators argued that requiring more fuel efficient vehicles would improve public health, combat climate change and save consumers money without compromising safety.




The proposed rule acknowledges that it would result in a 2 percent to 3 percent increase in fuel consumption, the equivalent of about half a million barrels of oil per day, and a small increase in global average temperature and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The Trump administration proposal said California's zero emission vehicle rules, adopted by nine other states, are "technologically infeasible". Assuming, strictly for illustration purposes, a gasoline price of three dollars per gallon, that would result in an increased annual fuel expenditure of about $318.

About a third of these projected savings, or $198 billion, are tied to the agencies' assertion that, by slowing pace at which new vehicles get more expensive, they'll allow people to replace older and less-safe cars more rapidly.

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. That ignores the fact that more fuel-efficient vehicles are cheaper to operate since drivers have to buy less gas.

The administration's rule aims to preempt California's Clean Air Act (CAA) waiver and argues that it should be pulled entirely.

Transport has become the largest sector source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., as cheap fuel has encouraged Americans to buy larger vehicles such as SUVs.

"More realistic standards can save lives while continuing to improve the environment", said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

"For more than a decade, ME and the other states have used our rights under the Clean Air Act to limit tailpipe pollution beyond federal minimum requirements", Emmie Theberge, federal project director at NRCM, said in a statement.

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