News Archives: August 2017


Why the Trump Administration’s Latest Auto Industry Move Will Fail

It is time for the Trump Administration and the whole auto industry to finally exit the movie theater. They need to focus on leading the world in its new reality — the age of clean and smart cars — instead of making all of us relive the mistakes of their past.

Time Magazine / 08.21.2017

Column: Emission standards benefit Detroit

Our new analysis finds that fuel economy standards have not hurt the legacy automakers’ financial performance. And weakening fuel economy standards would only damage U.S. automakers and suppliers as they try to compete in a fast-evolving market. It’s no secret that American consumers want to go farther on every gallon of gas. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers’ own polling shows support for strong fuel economy targets, with two-thirds of respondents saying the government should set high standards. And under strong standards, economies of scale will reduce the costs of fuel savings technology.

Detroit News / 08.15.2017

Trump administration takes aim at vehicle emissions standards that save drivers money

“The EPA’s previous technical review of the current fuel economy standards shows that the standards are not only well within reach, but are already working,” Sierra Club Legislative Director for Transportation Andrew Linhardt said in a statement Thursday. “A new administration is no reason to shift progress to reverse.”

Think Progress / 08.11.2017

Trump Administration Targets CO2 Standards for Vehicles

“EPA appears to be abandoning efforts to protect Americans and the environment against global warming by handing over clean car rules to much weaker fuel economy regulators at NHTSA,” said California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols in a statement.

Scientific American / 08.11.2017

Britain Joins the Shift to Electric Cars

The drive to switch to electric cars went a mile further last Wednesday when Britain joined France in pledging to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2040. Norway and India have also said they want to get rid of gas and diesel cars, and at least 10 other countries have set targets for electric cars. All that is good news for the planet and for human health, even if caveats and challenges abound.

New York Times / 08.01.2017