News Archives: May 2018


Trump’s Fuel Efficiency Rollbacks Will Hurt Drivers

A draft Trump plan would freeze the fuel efficiency standard at the 2020 target. The future efficiency losses would increase oil consumption in the United States by between 126,000 and 283,000 barrels a day in 2025, depending on oil prices. By 2035, daily consumption would be between 252,000 and 881,000 barrels higher, according to the Rhodium Group.

New York Times / 05.14.2018

Auto executives got more than they bargained for in lobbying Trump to ease fuel standard

The world's auto companies are fast learning how risky it can be to seek a favor from President Trump. They asked the president to nudge California and the rest of the country toward looser fuel economy rules. What they got instead was a veritable declaration of war against the state, threatening to destabilize the industry, tarnish its public image and leave the companies tangled in years of litigation.

Los Angeles Times / 05.12.2018

Automakers Sought Looser Rules. Now They Hope to Stop Trump From Going Too Far.

“Here we have a president who made a political decision and is about to browbeat industry to fall in line,” said David Friedman, the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under President Barack Obama who is now director of cars and product policy at the Consumers Union, an advocacy group. “It indicates how political this is as opposed to analytical.”

New York Times / 05.11.2018

Automakers Talk Up An Electric Future, But Push Weaker Fuel Standards

“They want rollbacks, but they don’t want blame,” says Dan Becker, director of the advocacy group Safe Climate Campaign, adding, “They want the Trump administration to weaken these standards a lot, but they want the weakening done in an opaque way so that their customers won’t know what the auto companies have done. And that they want to accomplish with what they call flexibility–what you and I call loopholes, rather than the meat-axe approach that the Trump folks want to take.”

Fast Company / 05.10.2018

Tallying Up Winners and Losers From Trump’s Rollback of US GHG Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards

In the U.S., the biggest losses will hit consumers. The existing 2025 standards are expected to save drivers up to $5,000 in reduced fuel cost over the life of their vehicles, adding up to $1.7 trillion for the overall economy. By locking in fuel economy at the 2020 level, the Trump proposal will hurt consumers’ pocket books. Fuel prices have been low for several years now, but have always been cyclical. They are currently at the highest levels in five years and are continuing to rise, increasing the pain of all the above groups. Other losers include the myriad American companies that produce cleaner automotive technology. Without strong standards in place, they will see their markets diminish. More broadly, Americans’ health will suffer from poor air quality. And, though the global effort to combat climate change will continue apace, it will be dealt a serious blow as the planet has to contend with billions of tons of additional carbon dioxide.

Forbes / 05.09.2018

Schwarzenegger: ‘Scott Pruitt is stuck in the polluting past’ on car emission standards

“Scott Pruitt is stuck in the polluting past, and California is showing the way to a cleaner, profitable future — we are ahead of the rest of the nation in economic growth and in lowering emissions,” Schwarzenegger told Yahoo News in an email on Monday. “In the United States, we have a long history of instituting emissions standards to clean our air that goes back to when Richard Nixon was president and Ronald Reagan was governor of California. Those aren’t the most liberal guys around, let me remind you.”

Yahoo! News / 05.08.2018

Don’t let the Trump administration put clean car standards in reverse

The Trump administration, bent on rolling back safeguards that keep Americans safe and protect consumers, is accelerating its reckless deregulatory push to undo vehicle standards at the behest of the automakers.

The Hill / 05.03.2018

Brown slams ‘Outlaw Pruitt’ as California sues EPA over clean-car rules

“The world is not flat, pollution is not free, and the health of our children and the future are not for sale,” California Attorney General Becerra said at the press conference with Governor Brown. California has a long history of battling the federal government over auto mileage requirements.

San Francisco Chronicle / 05.01.2018