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By Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang


On a sweltering day in the summer of 2011, President Obama unveiled auto mileage and emissions standards that, if properly enforced, will deliver a new car fleet in 2025 averaging 54.5 miles per gallon. Combined with his earlier clean-car rules, they are already making America more secure by shrinking its reliance on imported oil. The standards are protecting the economy by saving consumers billions at the gas pump and deeply cutting the petrodollars that flood the coffers of off-shore oil producers. And the Obama plan remains the biggest single step any nation has taken to fight global warming.

Fueled by anti-regulatory fervor, the Trump administration–barely seven weeks in office–opened the door to weaker standards, with automakers lobbying for new and expanded loopholes. The industry is pushing for initial changes to lop 147 million barrels a year, or 10 percent, off the amount of oil the program would save. And it has launched an aggressive campaign to undercut the standards even further, threatening to use a rulemaking to unwind them. What’s more, it is eyeing the prospects of legislation to weaken the Clean Air Act and eliminate….

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Opinion articles by Safe Climate Campaign

Egged on by the auto industry, President Trump is expected to start unraveling strong mileage and emissions rules that protect US energy security, consumers, the environment and even automakers’ healthy profits.

After lengthy negotiations with car makers, the Obama administration had set the standards in 2012. As written, the standards would phase in a new fleet of vehicles that would average more than 50 mpg in 2025. The average for the new-vehicle fleet today is…

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From NOAA: History of atmospheric carbon dioxide from 800,000 years ago until January, 2014.