• News
  • Research

What Trump’s Auto Emissions Plan Means for California

What Trump’s Auto Emissions Plan Means for California

The Trump administration proposed weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards yesterday and moved to revoke California's authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules, setting up what will likely be a protracted legal battle between the federal government and USA states. Twelve other states have adopted California's efficiency standards for gas-powered vehicles, while nine others have similar policies for zero-emission vehicles.

The Clean Air Act lists California as the only state that can diverge from the national standards, through waivers that the federal government must grant in most circumstances. The states that have adopted California's emission rules together make up about one third of the U.S. auto market.

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

Looking for negotiations with California to begin, Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a statement, "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".

"California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible", Governor Edmund Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement. "The California Department of Justice will use every legal tool at its disposal to defend today's national standards and reaffirm the facts and science behind them".

The administration also wants to revoke the authority of California and other states to set their own, stricter mileage standards — independent of federal ones.

Transportation is now the biggest source of greenhouse-gas emissions.

The only way to lower Carbon dioxide emissions from cars is to reduce the actual amount of fuel burned - it can not be easily filtered out or reduced like other pollutants.

However, his administration's report on Thursday projects that relaxing mileage standards would cost 60,000 auto jobs by 2030.

The Obama administration's answer was a unified fuel economy and emissions regimen worked out among the California regulators, the EPA, which regulates emissions, and NHTSA, which regulates fuel economy.

So, the Trump administration must repeal the waiver to fully rollback the Obama-era rules. The result, opponents say, will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death.

Many top California officials, however, blasted the plan.

"California is about progress and 21st century technology ... not about backsliding", Becerra said on the campus of UCLA.

Conservatives hold that the Trump administration's rule change is for the best.

Trump's move concerns a deal originally struck between Obama and many leading automakers in 2011 that envisioned a series of gradual increases through 2025, when average fuel economy would rise to 54.5 miles per gallon. In 2012 the agencies extended the program to model years 2017-2025 vehicles.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday vowed to fight the Trump administration's newly released fuel economy plan, which would freeze current miles-per-gallon standards at 2020 levels through 2025, rolling back some clean air standards put in place by the Obama administration.

"It's still a very aggressive program".

The former Governor also said that he was exhausted of the fake conservatives who believe in the state's right to make their own policies- as long as state policy is to pollute more.

He said gas prices are "at historically low levels and that changes driving habits, that changes the kind of cars and trucks that people want to buy". The administration said the proposed plan will prevent thousands of on-road fatalities and injuries. They also argued the standards "implemented by the previous administration raised the cost and decreased the supply of newer, safer vehicles", and that removing the standards would save lives.

"We can have our cake and eat it too", he said.

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement that the administration's proposal to freeze m.p.g. standards after 2020 strikes "the right regulatory balance" between cost, safety and environmental concerns. She thought it unlikely that consumers wouldn't spend money if a auto was demonstrably safer. CARB will examine all 978 pages of fine print to figure out how the Administration can possibly justify its absurd conclusion that weakening standards to allow dirtier, less efficient vehicles will actually save lives and money.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment

Latest News

Breaking News


Reiss Nelson, Mesut Ozil and Bellerin React On Arsenal’s Pre-season Completion

Unai Emery recently became Arsenal's manager . "They're more defensive, and not allowing goals , which is good". It made for an interesting encounter, with Arsenal exhibiting numerous ways of beating the press.

China threatens tariffs on $60 billion in USA goods

Chinese authorities - bracing for economic fallout - have taken a range of measures in recent weeks to bolster the economy. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018.

No-Smoking Rule For Federally-Subsidized Public Housing Goes Info Effect

HUD announced in November 2016 that all federally-owned public housing must be smokefree by July 30, 2018. Residents are fuming at the new policies stating it's not fair they will be monitored in their homes.

Huge Blow For Manchester United Ahead Of The New Season

I don't want a contract because maybe in the next year or so I'm a free agent, so maybe they might look to tie me down for that. Ander Herrera and Eric Bailly are now serious doubts to face Real Madrid in United's final pre-season game across the pond.

New York state revokes approval of Charter-Time Warner Cable deal

The state lawyers plan to bring an enforcement action in NY state court. NY has also requested that Spectrum design a transition plan.

Conor McGregor Dodges Jail Time for Violent UFC Press Conference Tantrum

He last fought inside the Octagon back in 2016 at UFC 2015, when he captured the lightweight title after defeating Eddie Alvarez . What do you think of Conor McGregor's punishment? Today's proceedings will not affect McGregor's ability to travel to the US.

Facebook stock falls 24 percent following report of slow user growth

The company said headcount was 30,275 as of June 30 - an increase of 47 percent year over year. The 19 percent loss in Facebook's stock chopped $119 billion off its market value.

Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs

The Agriculture Department is announcing a $ 12 billion " short-term " plan to help US farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs. He notes that countries "that have treated us unfairly on trade for years" are coming to Washington to negotiate.

US Treasury Secretary denies any chance or a currency war

Investors are now looking ahead to an important meeting between Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .miapj0000pus was up a touch waiting for other markets to open.

North Korea begins dismantling key test site, satellite imagery suggests

Trump tweets: "A Rocket has not been launched by North Korea in 9 months". President is losing his cool with the lack of progress with North Korea.