Trump Pumps the Brakes on Obama-Era Fuel Standards - Hit & Run

Trump Pumps the Brakes on Obama-Era Fuel Standards - Hit & Run

"But if not, I'd remind them that California has won this battle before".

The proportion of passengers killed in cars that are older than 18 years is nearly double that of cars that are newer than three years, according to a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study.

Administration officials said the Obama rules added US$2,340 to the cost of owning a new auto and that more Americans have been priced out of the market for new vehicles.

Consumer groups that want to keep the standard have said consumers would save more than that by paying less for gas if automakers were required to meet the 2025 standard - an average 50 mpg.

California has a lot riding on the lawsuit as the government is also seeking to eliminate the state's ability to set its own vehicle standards.

The auto industry, which has often baulked at the higher costs associated with the tougher USA standards, strongly backs a national standard that could be negotiated between Washington and California.

The proposal will be open to 60 days of public comment, but the rule is expected to be finalized this winter.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a set of new fuel economy and emissions standards on August 2, estimated to result in 12,700 fewer traffic deaths, make passenger cars more affordable, and give automakers more freedom to create cars based on consumer preference rather than government mandate. The CARB website suggests the state should be allowed to set its own standards, owing to its "unique geography, weather, and expanding number of people and vehicles".

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A spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who is prosecuting the case, declined to comment on the motion. She told him about a family illness and asked his advice about a vehicle registration problem.

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Chart showing EPA fuel-efficiency targets. California and 16 other states already have filed suit to block any change in the fuel efficiency rules. The 2020 standard would be around 32 miles per gallon. The EPA says that current fuel economy standards could add more than $2,000 to the cost of a new vehicle, leading drivers to hold onto their older, less safe vehicles rather than upgrade to newer machines.

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, called the proposed rule "a massive pileup of bad ideas" that would increase pollution and raise fuel costs for consumers.

Officials said the aim of the new plan is to help with hurdles automakers face in producing fuel-efficient vehicles, which, on average, cost consumers $35,000 more. Sales did begin to tail off at the end of 2017. Assuming, strictly for illustration purposes, a gasoline price of three dollars per gallon, that would result in an increased annual fuel expenditure of about $318. The administration also says that its preferred plan for fuel economy will reduce society-wide spending by $502 billion for vehicles built between 1975 and 2029. It notes that light trucks previous year made up 65 percent of total US vehicle sales, up from 50 percent in 2012, when oil prices peaked.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the state would "use every legal tool at its disposal" to defend the tougher rules. Most involved in the 2012 rules agreed the goals were achievable, he said.

Climate change is real.

Becerra said he was already preparing to sue the Trump administration and would be joined by 18 other state attorneys general, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and NY.

New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood and 19 other attorney generals issued a joint statement in which they said: "This decision upends decades of cooperative state and federal action to protect our residents".

Healey, the attorney general for MA, said: "This absolutely has to be one of the most harmful and dumbest actions the EPA has taken".

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