Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
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New EPA fuel economy plan is sure to anger California

New EPA fuel economy plan is sure to anger California

California and other states are already suing the EPA.

Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is excoriating President Trump for stripping California of its ability to determine its own vehicle regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, preempting the state's Clean Air Act. He suggested states rights conservatives are hypocrites for approving the plan. "Clean energy" seemed to be a top priority when he was governor of California.

"The administration's announcement that it will relax future fuel economy (CAFE) standards is good news for consumers", Myron Ebell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Center for Energy and Environment, said in a statement.

But the EPA's standards refer to testing under laboratory conditions, not the mileage we get when driving our cars on the road.

"It's a proposal that attacks the states' right to protect people from risky pollution, one that no one -- not the American public, not the states, not even most automakers -- really wants, and one that's being presented to the public under the false and easily discredited guise of improving public safety", the statement continued.

Vehicles are the single largest cause of emissions in the US that cause global warming, recently surpassing the electricity sector.

The administration argues its proposal will reduce traffic fatalities by keeping the cost of vehicles down compared with the current emissions standards, which it claims are a safety hazard that "restrict the American people from being able to afford newer vehicles with more advanced safety features, better fuel economy, and associated environmental benefits". It might even cause auto prices to stop increasing so rapidly. Both agencies are sure to be flooded with thousands of comments from automakers, environmentalists and other interested parties. "More realistic standards will promote a healthy economy by bringing newer, safer, cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles to USA roads and we look forward to receiving input from the public".

"The National Auto Dealers Association estimates the federal standards demanded by California will add $3,000 to the cost of new motor vehicles by 2025, potentially pricing millions of low-income households out of the market for new cars", Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), said in astatement.

States that joined the lawsuit said the change would end up costing more money at the pump because vehicles won't go as far on a gallon of gas, and more misery for those suffering pollution-exacerbated maladies such as asthma. "This proposed rollback puts all that at risk". He assured them he would, ordering his EPA chief and Transportation secretary to try to broker a deal with California. The federal government has issued a waiver for years so that California can set higher mileage standards than the rest of the country.

Along with states, the auto industry and the EPA's own advisors, the Trump administration is also attracting hefty criticism from environmental groups. "They lead to the conclusion that safety will be impaired".

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