Dropping auto mileage rules
would be a catastrophe
By Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang
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 only 36 mpg, but this does not take into consideration the credits that
automakers are awarded for in-vehicle technology that they claim reduces emissions of global warming pollution.
With steady improvement in fuel efficiency, these standards would save consumers $4,000 at the pump over the life of their cars. That’s $1 trillion nationwide — and more if gas prices rise.
One week before Obama left office, the EPA completed an exhaustive analysis of the standards…
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With climate change denial melting in the face of scientific reality, the 2016 campaign is likely to be the last in which the Republican Party can get away with nominating a presidential candidate who refuses to recognize global warming. In other words, now we can accelerate efforts to protect the climate.
The United States — responsible for more cumulative global warming pollution than any other nation — must do its part by….