News Archives: May 2018


EPA Said to Seek End of California’s Authority Over Auto Mileage

A draft Trump administration proposal to ease automobile efficiency standards is said to call for revoking California’s unique authority to set its own limits, a move that would set off an explosive battle with the nation’s most populous state. In a proposal sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to rescind the waiver from federal standards that the state uses to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg News / 05.31.2018

E.P.A. Takes a Major Step to Roll Back Clean Car Rules

The Trump administration took a major step toward dramatically weakening an Obama-era rule designed to cut pollution from vehicle tailpipes, setting the stage for a legal clash with California that could potentially split the nation’s auto market in two.

New York Times / 05.31.2018

EPA’s Own Science Advisers to Rebuke Agency Over Auto Rollback

Some of the EPA’s science advisers say the agency is ignoring its own research in moving to relax vehicle emission requirements, a signature element of the Trump administration’s campaign to roll back environmental regulations.

Bloomberg News / 05.30.2018

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