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United States plans weaker vehicle emissions standards

05 August 2018

"That changes driving habits, that changes the kinds of cars and trucks that people want to buy, that changes what is possible in terms of vehicle fuel efficiency". However, beginning in MY 2021, "air conditioning refrigerant leakage, nitrous oxide and methane emissions are no longer included with the tailpipe Carbon dioxide for compliance with tailpipe Carbon dioxide standards". More realistic standards can save lives while continuing to improve the environment. The SAFE Vehicles Rule is the next generation of the Congressionally mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. As well, President Trump's plan will revoke California's long-standing legal waiver to set its own emissions regulations granted under the 1970 Clean Air Act, which the state has used more recently to try to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.

"For Trump to now destroy a law first enacted at the request of Ronald Reagan five decades ago is a betrayal and an assault on the health of Americans everywhere", Gov. They called the plan illegal, saying it would force motorists to pay more for gas and create more air pollution.

But experts say many factors may influence the decision to buy a vehicle, that heavier cars aren't necessarily safer and that traffic deaths are influenced by more factors than the administration may be accounting for. "Manufacturers" regulatory cost savings are estimated at $252.6 billion and new auto sales through 2029 will increase by a total of 1 million.

In 2012, when the standards were first adopted, cars were about 50 percent of new-vehicle sales.

Reduction from 56% to 3% in the percentage of hybrid vehicles needed to comply in MY 2030.

Cost Americans between $193 billion and $236 billion more at the pump through 2035.

$176 billion in societal net benefits.

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No noticeable impact to net emissions of smog-forming or other "criteria" or toxic air pollutants. CARB will examine all 978 pages of fine print to figure out how the Administration can possibly justify its absurd conclusion that weakening standards to allow dirtier, less efficient vehicles will actually save lives and money. "That's why when it comes to cleaner vehicles, the state of California has been the leader, bar none, for the last several decades". "We are ready to do what is necessary to hold this Administration accountable". We are researchers, not pundits, and so we hesitate to speculate.

After months of wrangling, the EPA on Thursday released its plan to freeze the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks for six years.

The Obama administration and the automakers reached an agreement on the emissions and fuel-efficiency standards in 2012.

Automakers have made it clear that while they wanted more flexibility in meeting fuel economy targets, they also recognized that a sizable portion of the public expected fuel efficiency to keep rising and that any standards should take that into account while also allowing them more room to sell larger, less fuel-efficient SUVs, cars and trucks US consumers are demanding in showrooms. South Dakota Senator John Thune, who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said, "The SAFE Vehicles proposal offers the public an important opportunity to consider new information about the safety realities of smaller and lighter vehicles in collisions as part of a more informed conversation about achievable fuel economy standards". More details can be found on the NHTSA's website here and the EPA's website here.

We remain hopeful that some more constructive outcome may still emerge from the public comment period on this proposal, and toward that end we will continue to press the case for practical, fact-based, future-oriented policies that advance cleaner and more efficient transportation in the United States. In the proposed rule, EPA and the Department of Transportation write the zero-emission vehicle mandates are "expressly and impliedly preempted" by federal laws governing fuel economy regulations. There's no justification for California to have its own standards.

SOMMER: Wheeler is talking about California and its special power to set its own tougher auto emissions rules. "Automakers support continued improvements in fuel economy and flexibilities that incentivize advanced technologies while balancing priorities like affordability, safety, jobs and the environment".

United States plans weaker vehicle emissions standards