Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

"We strongly oppose the Trump administration plan to roll back these clean-car standards, and we're going to fight to do that", Shapiro said in a conference call with the attorneys general of California, Xavier Becerra, and Massachusetts, Maura Healey.

Industry experts agree. In his May testimony before Congress, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers president Mitch Bainwol urged the administration to "incorporate California" and all other states into "One National Program" in order to avoid a "regulatory nightmare" for manufacturers, regulators, and consumers.

"Under the Clean Air Act, states have the authority to put stronger limits on tailpipe pollution when the federal standards fail to protect citizens, so Pennsylvania has chosen to set its own, higher standards", said Attorney General Shapiro. Opponents, including 19 states' attorneys general, have already filed a lawsuit to block the proposal.

To do this, federal officials argue that lawmakers intended the Clean Air Act waivers for California to address smog, not climate change.

Instead of adopting maximum feasible standards to increase vehicle fuel efficiency, as federal law requires, the Administration is moving to freeze the standards at the 2020 level through model year 2026.

The proposed change, halting further improvement requirements, stakes its case on consumer choice and on highway safety claims challenged by many transportation experts. Currently, cars and light trucks are responsible for one-fifth of the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

While the administration supports freezing the mileage standards after 2020, it will seek public comment now on that proposal and a range of others, including leaving the tighter, Obama administration fuel standards in place.

"The California Department of Justice will use every legal tool at its disposal to defend today's national standards and reaffirm the science behind them", Attorney General Becerra said in a statement. "This proposal will substantially increase pollution and will cost the average American family hundreds of dollars a year extra for gas".

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"The Trump administration just proposed rolling back limits on vehicle pollution".

Automakers view the new proposal as a starting point for negotiations with California, with hopes of keeping one fuel efficiency standard for the entire nation.

President Donald Trump had called past year for a review of mileage standards, expressing concern they were hurting employment in the USA auto industry. Those losses would hit the estimated 200,000 U.S.jobs that deal with making vehicles more fuel efficient, said Simon Mui of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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

"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. California governor Jerry Brown vowed Thursday to "fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible". The argument remained on the EPA's website Thursday.

President Donald Trump's administration released a proposal to roll back greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for automobiles on Thursday. Being that the Administration's two primary arguments for the proposal are affordability and safety, their argument behind road fatalities is that as the cost of a new auto increases, people will be less likely to buy one, opting for a older, less safe model.

In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), CARB, and auto manufacturers established a unified national program harmonizing greenhouse gas emission standards and fuel efficiency (CAFE) standards, and in 2012 the agencies extended the national program to model years 2017-2025 vehicles.

"The administration's effort to roll back these standards is a denial of basic science and a denial of American automakers' engineering capabilities and ingenuity", said John DeCicco, an expert on transportation technology at the University of MI.

The administration said the proposed rollback would mean billions of dollars in regulatory savings for auto manufacturers.

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