Environmental and health groups gear up to defend Obama EPA’s gas-mileage standards
In another sign that the Trump administration intends to chart a starkly different course on climate change, the EPA announced plans earlier this year to withdraw the Obama administration’s final decision on strict fuel-efficiency standards for future cars and light trucks.
Washington Post / 09.06.2017
Trump shouldn’t reconsider fuel economy standards. Hurricane Harvey shows why.
That’s why our nation needs strong car and truck fuel standards. They help decrease our dependence on oil, reduce the amount we have to pay at the pump, and limit our vulnerability to those who don’t like us and the economic disruption they can ensue.
USA Today / 09.04.2017
Changes to Fuel Economy Rules Could Mean More Expensive Road Trips
Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports, found in a recent survey that almost 90 percent of Americans want automakers to continue to improve fuel economy for all vehicle types, and over 70 percent want government to continue to increase efficiency targets. A separate Consumer Reports analysis found a strong correlation between higher fuel efficiency and higher owner satisfaction.
Morning Consult / 09.02.2017
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