News Archives: August 2018

Colorado should adopt California low emission vehicle standards

Under the ousted EPA head Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency began considering a rule to freeze vehicle emissions standards at 2020 levels. Instead of continuing to make steady incremental progress toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions, Pruitt decided, the EPA should look into pausing the implementation of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. The low emission vehicle standards are pushing car manufacturers to invest in the technology of more-efficient, lower-emission combustion engines, and the cost of doing so hasn’t been prohibitive. We haven’t seen compelling evidence that the standards are too onerous. Even some in the auto industry are pushing back on the EPA’s move; Ford Motor CEO Jim Hackett told investors that Ford will still meet or exceed the original CAFE requirements. Admittedly, the auto industry as a whole is arguing that the 2012 standards put in place under President Barack Obama are too high and it’ll cost too much to achieve a fleet average of more than 50 miles a gallon, or about 36 mpg in real-world driving, by 2025. Thankfully Gov. John Hickenlooper is pushing back.

Denver Post / 08.28.2018

By Freezing Vehicle Standards, The Trump Administration Will Grind Auto Innovation To A Halt

Freezing CAFE would stifle technological progress…a lot. The figure below, taken from Trump’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis, compares projected annual sales in 2026 for various technologies under currently planned standards with projected sales if standards are frozen at 2020 levels. We can see that the regulatory rollback will leave us with 7 million vehicles with turbochargers in 2026 instead of 11 million, and 0.4 million hybrids instead of 4 million. You can also see considerable lost opportunities with other efficiency technologies. The differences are stark indeed.

Annual sales of efficiency technologies in 2026 under currently planned standards and under a freeze of standards at 2020 levels (based on NHTSA regulatory estimates)

Annual sales of efficiency technologies in 2026 under currently planned standards and under a freeze of standards at 2020 levels (based on NHTSA regulatory estimates)

Forbes / 08.20.2018

California moves to safeguard vehicle emissions rules from Trump rollback

California is firing back at the Trump administration with a plan to safeguard the state’s greenhouse gas emissions rules from a proposed federal rollback. A state Air Resources Board proposal released Tuesday would force automakers to meet California’s existing standards on car and truck pollution, even if weaker ones are adopted by Trump administration.

Los Angeles Times / 08.07.2018

California Strikes Back Against the Trump Administration’s Auto Pollution Rollback

Last week, the Trump administration unveiled one of its most consequential environmental rollbacks yet, a plan to let cars pollute more while stripping California of its right to set its own air-quality rules. On Tuesday, California opened its counteroffensive, laying out in a report a scathing rebuttal that the state’s clean-air regulator, Mary Nichols, said would inform its legal and regulatory battle with Washington in the coming months and years.

New York Times / 08.07.2018

Groups across California respond to Trump administration Attack on state pollution standards

In response to the Trump administration’s unprecedented attack on California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to limit vehicle tailpipe pollution, state-based organizations delivered sweeping condemnations of the attempt to limit California’s ability to address air quality issues. Official statements are listed alphabetically from CALSTART, Coalition for Clean Air, Coltura, E2, Environment California, Greenlining Institute, NRDC, Plug In America, and Sierra Club California.

California Clean Cars Campaign / 08.03.2018

Trump begins his biggest assault yet on the environment

The EPA’s proposal would revoke California’s permission to continue an ambitious clean-cars program that regulates not just greenhouse gases but also the pollutants that create smog and cause asthma, heart and respiratory disease, and cancer. The program also accelerates the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. Thirteen states and the District have signed on to California’s standards in whole or in part. The administration is proposing to eliminate the heart of the program.

Washington Post / 08.02.2018

Trump administration and California are on collision course over vehicle emissions rules

The Trump administration on Aug. 2 formally announced a proposal to freeze fuel economy standards and tailpipe emission standards for new cars. In addition, it is proposing to revoke California’s authority to set more stringent rules. This move by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while expected for months, is the most significant action yet in rolling back efforts by the Obama administration and California to cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It also sets up an unprecedented legal battle between California and the federal government while breaking with decades of practice on regulating tailpipe pollution.

Legal Planet / 08.02.2018

The Myth That a Cleaner Car Is Less Safe Than a Dirty One

To justify rolling back auto gas mileage and emissions rules, the Trump administration has fabricated a false conflict between safety and improved fuel economy. The administration is wrong. Americans must have both, and can.

New York Times / 08.02.2018