They’re undoing California’s higher gasoline-mileage standards, which have led the way for half the country. Seventeen states, representing 44% of the nation’s people, will see them in court. Meanwhile EPA chief Pruitt tries to bully the states into “collaborative federalism.”
California, Illinois among 17 states suing over EPA plan to scrap car emission standards
California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration over its plans to scrap standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which help set gas mileage rules. Read article
by Kathleen Ronayne, Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2018
Pruitt was Here in SF about Clean Air Standards
“Pruitt also met with Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, to talk about “cooperative federalism, car and truck greenhouse gas standards,” and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Read the article
Normally having the California Air Resources Board and the auto industry in agreement on emissions standards would be enough, but the Trump administration wants to ensure that California plays no role in setting standards.
“Maybe in the first time in recorded history, California and the auto industry are mostly in agreement that standards on the books actually should be on the books, and California should have a place in implementing those standards,” stated Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board.
“Her comments come as the White House’s Office of Management and Budgetis reviewing a proposal that would ease automobile efficiency standards, and people familiar with the matter have said it calls for revoking California’s unique authority to set its own limits,” reports Mark Chediak for Bloomberg News. Read the article.
By Irvin Dawid, Planetizen, June 11, 2018
In its pursuit of slacking fuel economy standards, the EPA has sent a proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget seeking to hinder California’s ability to set its own greenhouse gas emissions standards. Read the article.
By Sebastien Bell, AutoGuide News Jun 01, 2018
“This proposal is an extraordinary repudiation of sensible climate policies, an assault on California’s environmental leadership, and another gift to the fossil fuel industry,” Ann Carlson, a University of California Los Angeles law professor, told Bloomberg. “There’s no question California, environmental groups and clean tech manufacturers will fight back in the courts.”
The White House, though, will vet the proposal, consulting with federal agencies, before unveiling the proposal in the coming weeks.
The states represent 44 percent of the U.S. population, from Maine to Iowa to California. Read the article.
Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News May 1, 2018
Hundreds of Clocks Sound Alarm on Ford’s “Collusion” With Trump as Pruitt Does Industry’s Bidding With Emissions Standards Rollback
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
The creative action outside the motor company’s Washington D.C. headquarters was organized by Public Citizen, Greenpeace USA, and Safe Climate Campaign. It focused on Ford’s lobbying… Read article
- BMW Group
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
- Jaguar/Land Rover
- Mercedes Benz
- Mitsubishi Motors
- Volvo North America
They sent a letter to Pruitt asking for a rollback. Read article
Green groups sue Trump’s transportation agency for “an unlawful move that hurts efforts to fight global warming”
The Trump administration was sued on Thursday for indefinitely suspending increased penalties for auto manufacturers that develop new cars and trucks that don’t meet fuel-economy standards. The Center for Biological Diversity, joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to challenge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent decision to suspend a 2016 rule that adjusted fines to account for inflation.
by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, Sept. 2017
Quietly, Trump Officials and California Seek a Deal on Car Emissions
People tried. This article from April describes a possible deal that people hoped would keep the original fuel economy standards through 2025, by letting automakers use fat loopholes to meet those standards. In exchange, the Trump administration would commit to honoring California’s authority to set stricter standards – but only through 2030. ….
White House officials were said to be pushing the E.P.A. toward a compromise with California. Some automakers who lobbied for the rollback are taken aback by Pruitt’s overboard response and the prospect of a battle with California that could throw the entire auto market into disarray.
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, April 5, 2018
Trump’s plan to roll back Obama’s fuel economy rules for cars, explained
These rules are hardly an ideal climate policy, since they only apply to new cars (not the millions already on the road), and since they’ve been undercut by cheap oil and the growing popularity of SUVs. But the standard is one of the few federal programs aimed at greening the US transportation sector, which accounts for one-third of carbon dioxide emissions.
By Brad Plumer, Vox, Mar 15, 2017
8 Things You Should Know
These articles explain the plan and all the steps it would have to go through including EPA, NHSTA and Transportation Dept. (and that’s before they get sued).
Effect on international standards
Check out the overview and a chart showing international standards and how the Obama /Ca standards are so important.
Opinions and Responses
San Diego Union-Tribune
If Trump’s EPA wants a war over California fuel economy standards, war it is
LA Times Editorial
Don’t let Trump and Pruitt Make America Smoggy Again
A shift into reverse on air pollution
East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News
Car buyers should fight Trump fuel-efficiency rollback: Those who care about slowing global warming should vote with their pocketbooks.
Allow California to keep tougher fuel standards
Why roll back progress toward cleaner cars?
Unclean at Any Speed: Pruitt’s Attack on Obama Auto Pollution Rule
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) weighed in.
“This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program. EPA’s action, if implemented, will worsen people’s health with degraded air quality and undermine regulatory certainty for automakers…”
Attorney General Becerra: EPA’s Assault on Federal Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Will Trigger California’s Lawsuit If Needed
Our AG is hopping mad. How about calls and letters of support?
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