Calif. Vows to Fight Feds' Fuel-Efficiency Roll Back

Calif. Vows to Fight Feds' Fuel-Efficiency Roll Back

California and 16 other states filed suit over the fuel efficiency standards in May, anticipating the new regulation.

Easing requirements that cars be more fuel efficient should make them both cheaper and safer, getting vehicles with the latest safety developments in the hands of consumers, officials said.

"A key goal of this rule-making is to reduce the barriers to enabling Americans to purchase newer, safer, cleaner cars", they wrote. Attorneys general from CT, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia also supplied statements opposing the proposed rule changes. "Obama's EPA cut the midterm evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn't comport with reality and set the standards too high".

In hopes of avoiding that end, William Wehrum, the top clean air official at the EPA, said he still would like to find a way to broker a deal with California over the rule before it is finalized, probably this year or early next year. They are gearing up for a legal and political battle, particularly over the California waiver.

"Our transportation sector accounts for more than 40 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions and more than 50 percent of the smog-producing pollutants, most notably ozone", Moore said.

Department of Transportation Secretary, Elaine L. Chao, praised the proposed rule, stating, "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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Thursday proposed that the nation's costly and counterproductive fuel-economy standards remain at 2020 levels through 2026, abandoning President Barack Obama's plans to raise them each year.

'California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible'. "Meantime, California remains fully committed to a rigorous 50-state program with a full range of vehicle choices". Right now we're facing two huge wildfires in the state. Dr. Georges Benjamin is the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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More than $500 billion reduction in societal costs over the lifetimes of vehicles through MY 2029 (Technology costs: $252.6 billion; costs attributable to additional fatalities: $77.1 billion; costs attributable to additional injuries: $120.4 billion; costs attributable to additional congestion and noise: $51.9 billion).

"The federal government can not take away permission that its already granted", said Irene Gutierrez, an attorney with the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council.

As part of the program, California and the federal agencies agreed to a mid-term evaluation to determine if the standards for model years 2022-2025 vehicles should be maintained or revised. And today, twenty state attorneys general announced their intent to sue the administration over the SAFE Vehicles Rule. Donahue called the EPA's move "an extraordinary attack on California's historic role...."

One argument he and others will make is that the federal agency has never revoked any of the more than 100 waivers it has granted to California since the 1960s. In addition, it wants to do away with California's exemption to set its own standards.

California also wanted to regulate C02 emissions. In April, EEI and Duke Energy helped defeat an anti-EV resolution at a meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative state policymaking group, with the trade group saying utilities play "an important role in developing charging infrastructure and expanding access to electric transportation". Some manufacturers now say they never advocated for the wholesale rollbacks Washington is proposing.

Despite strong language against California's auto policies in the proposed rule, the EPA may be open to some compromise.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a main industry group, said Thursday that the Trump proposal means it's time for negotiations to begin.

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