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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 12:19 PM

Your mileage may vary on Trump's emissions rollback

The Trump administration, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announced its plans last week not only to roll back federal vehicle emission standards that the Obama administration negotiated a decade ago with automakers but to revoke the state of California’s federalist right to set its own standards, which are also followed by the District of Columbia and 12 other states, including Washington state.

The reasoning: “The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER,” President Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Your mileage — and reality — may vary.

Lawsuits pending: It’s hard to argue with claims set in capital letters, but California, and Washington state will try.

California and Washington state officials have announced their plans to file lawsuits to protect the more stringent standards as well as the rights of California and other states to determine how best to limit pollution, protect the health of their citizens and address climate change.

The federal standard set in 2009 required automakers to reach a fleet-wide average for cars and light-duty trucks of about 54 miles per gallon by 2025. The Trump administration now seeks to significantly ease that standard, freezing it at 37 mpg after 2020.

Automakers previously had asked for the Trump administration and California to ease the emissions standards but have since balked at the degree of rollback sought by the federal government. Instead, 17 automakers, including General Motors, Ford, BMW and Toyota, told the Trump administration that efficiency standards relaxed to that degree would actually hurt their bottom line and result in instability, the Los Angeles Times reported in June.



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mwooldri Sep 22 #1

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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 10:02 PM

1. How will rolling back the standards make things safer?

Cheaper is also disputable too... Sure it's probably cheaper to build a car that does 15mpg than one that does 35mpg... Thus cheaper on the purchase but running costs... The 35mpg vehicle would be cheaper if driven lots and driven the same amount as the 15mpg vehicle. But safer? Hardly... That 15mpg car would put out so many pollutants it would be hazardous to your health.

There's another Trump Truth for you. Rolling back emission standards will make cars cheaper and safer. And if you truly believe that then I have a bridge to sell you....

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