Trump’s clean auto rollback will cost the US $457 billion

Trump’s clean auto rollback will cost the US $457 billion

Pablo Tucker
August 3, 2018

The standards called for automakers to reach a fleet average of about 54 miles per gallons by 2025; the new standard is about 37 miles per gallon after 2021.

California is expected to challenge the withdrawal of the waiver in court.

The proposal from EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines a series of options for the vehicle rules.

The prospect of an extended legal fight has discomfited automakers, who had asked the administration to relax the Obama-era rules but don't want to see the USA market split in two, with different models of cars required in blue and red states.

Months after they pre-emptively sued to block anticipated efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency to roll back mileage regulations, Democratic attorneys general vowed to continue their fight in the courts. The new proposal would freeze standards at 2020 levels. He suggested states rights conservatives are hypocrites for approving the plan.

The Trump administration proposal could also invalidate California's mandate that automakers sell a certain number of electric vehicles.

California - which is playing a world-leading role in setting aggressive climate goals and building strong coalitions of partners committed to curbing carbon pollution in both the United States and around the globe - will convene the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in September. But as consumers spend more on gas, the costs would start to balloon.

Simon Mui, a senior scientist at the National Resources Defense Council, a group that opposes the change to the fuel standards, calculates that the change will have the net effect of reducing the average real world fuel economy of American automobiles by about 8 miles per gallon in 2025 relative to what it would be if Obama era standards were kept in place.

The administration also contends that hiking US oil consumption by 2 to 3 percent over forecast levels would have a minimal impact on the environment, boosting global average temperature by just "3/1000th of a degree Celsius by 2100".

It argued that this policy change was necessary because the Obama administration's standards "raised the cost and decreased the supply of newer, safer vehicles".

The administration argues that higher fuel economy standards are a safety risk, claiming that if cars that are more efficient are more expensive, people will be less likely the buy newer cars with improved safety features, and if they spend less on gas, they'd drive more and therefore be at greater risk of crashes.

"For more than a decade, ME and the other states have used our rights under the Clean Air Act to limit tailpipe pollution beyond federal minimum requirements", Emmie Theberge, federal project director at NRCM, said in a statement.

Trump's proposal lowers that to around 35 mpg by the year 2020. Twelve other states have adopted those tougher rules, representing about 40 percent of the country's auto market.

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