Trump Admin Set to Announce Bullshit Plan to Build Dirtier Cars That Cost More to Drive

Traffic in Baltimore, 2019.

Traffic in Baltimore, 2019.
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Donald Trump’s government plans to break Barack Obama-era fuel economy standards on Tuesday New York Times reported, with a huge middle finger to anyone who cares about the environment and probably the White House greatest backtrack in federal climate policy.

The new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation is estimated to add nearly a billion tons more carbon dioxide over the life of U.S. vehicles than if the rules were left unchanged, according to the Times. According to the LA Timesthe White House has made a first attempt to freeze fuel economy standards at this year’s level, which the states are vehemently opposing, as well as major car manufacturers– who were concerned that it could cause such a drastic decline big problems in their market.

Instead, a final version of the Trump administration was called upon earlier this year to remove only current standards, which require companies to improve fuel efficiency by five percent per year to hit an average of 54 miles per gallon by 2025. The new standard would be a pitiful 1.5 percent per year increase to 40 miles per gallon by 2026, which the NYT says would leave the US with lower fuel economy standards than “the European Union, China, India, Japan, and South Korea.” . It’s also less than the least the Trump administration could do: According to the NYT, the auto industry expects to improve by around 2.4 percent a year without a mandate anyway.

EPA Scientific Advisory Board warned in late February that it “discovered significant shortcomings in the scientific analysis of the proposed rule”, citing changes that resulted in “implausible results”. As the NYT noted, many of the board members are appointed by Trump. Consumer Reports wrote earlier this year that while a US Senate report determined that the cost of a new car would be lower by $ 977 to $ 1,083 below the lower standards, their own analysis in 2019, average fuel costs over the life of a car were found to increase by $ 3,200. That’s a $ 300 billion net loss for consumers from 2021-2035.

About 20 states are expected to sue the White House for the rollback, including California, which had an EPA waiver to establish its own high fuel standards set by the Trump administration yanked last year. The following case would likely go to Supreme Court. Last month NYT reported that the efforts of the administration to deprive the country of this shit sandwich faced serious hurdles, such as officials selected to spin the numbers riddled in a march with obvious errors:

In January, administration officials appointed by President Trump sent a draft of the scaled back fuel-saving standards to the White House, but six people familiar with the documents described them as “Swiss cheese,” sprinkled with glaring numerical and spelling mistakes (such as as “Massachusettes”), with 111 sections marked “Text Coming”.

That design concluded that the 1.5 percent rollback would actually cost the US economy $ 13 to 22 billion (including, among other things, the possibility of dirtier American cars being excluded from foreign markets). According to the more recent NYT report, White House officials this weekend “ looked at a new option for their cost-benefit analysis ” that got the numbers they want, which is a polite way of saying make up shit. Well, other recent developments are the persistent coronavirus pandemic, which has proved to be an opportunity for the Trump administration to take their anti-environmental agenda to even more extreme levels, such as quitting all EPA enforcement.

Former senior EPA vehicle emissions specialist and current Environmental Defense Fund adviser Chet France said to the newspaper, “It is not supported by science. This will be the icing on the cake of the legal defects. France told it Associated Press that even with “the catastrophe they are in with the coronavirus, they are pursuing policies that damage public health and kill people”.

“The auto industry wanted to move more smoothly toward a more efficient future,” said San Diego CEO David Victor David Victor at the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation at the University of California. “Instead, they got the populist politics of the extreme right that popped up in their faces.”

“Upon completion, the rule will benefit our economy, improve the fuel economy of the US fleet, make vehicles more affordable and save lives by increasing the safety of new vehicles,” said EPA spokeswoman Corry Schiermeyer in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday.


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