Trump administration rolls back fuel efficiency standards

April 1, 2020 by  
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While most of the nation shelters in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 , the Trump administration continues to dilute Obama-era environmental regulations. In his latest move, Trump has rolled back vehicle emission standards. Instead of Obama’s requirement of 5% increases in fuel efficiency through 2026, Trump dropped that figure to 1.5%. This more relaxed policy will save automakers at least $1 billion in compliance costs, according to the Trump administration. Business groups lauded the change. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the policy a “workable path forward on a unified national program that provides regulatory certainty while strengthening fuel economy standards and continuing emissions reductions,” Reuters reported . Related: EPA suspends environmental law enforcement But environmentalists aren’t going to accept a lax attitude on pollution without a fight. At least 23 states plan to challenge the new policy, including California. Xavier Becerra, attorney general of California, said Trump is weakening “standards that protect our health and environment from polluting contaminants emitted by cars and trucks.” Under Obama’s rules, the U.S. vehicle fleet would average 46.7 miles per gallon. The Trump administration’s policy will see an average of 40.4 miles per gallon. The administration estimates the rollback will result in Americans consuming an additional two billion barrels of oil , releasing 867 to 923 more metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and paying an extra $1,000 in fuel costs over the life of a single vehicle. This is the latest of the Trump administration’s reversals to environmental policies. Last week, the administration suspended the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement of environmental laws for the duration of the pandemic, so businesses won’t face any consequences for pollution during this time. Trump has also removed the United States from a global climate accord. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, rebuked the Trump administration “for exploiting the cover of a pandemic to roll back the clean car standards, which are crucial public health safeguards.” Via Reuters Image via Pixabay

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Fossil fuel use is declining — but there’s minimal evidence that using ethanol saves money or the environment

December 5, 2018 by  
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Weaning the U.S. off imported oil has been mostly successful — but justifying increases in corn ethanol fuel blends is based on a flawed argument.

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Fossil fuel use is declining — but there’s minimal evidence that using ethanol saves money or the environment

Freezing fuel economy standards will slow innovation and make U.S. auto companies less competitive

October 2, 2018 by  
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As the car industry moves towards electric and autonomous vehicles, it’s more important than ever to have strong regulations.

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How the federal fuel efficiency rollback diminishes security

April 24, 2018 by  
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Stricter standards would benefit consumers, U.S. automakers and American troops. That’s why it’s so shortsighted.

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Inside automakers’ Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to emissions rules

April 3, 2018 by  
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The auto industry is embracing electrification like never before. Why is it also looking to relax crucial fuel efficiency standards?

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Can the healthcare sector match big tech in going 100 percent renewable?

April 3, 2018 by  
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Hospital, heal thyself.

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In praise of ExxonMobil’s reporting transparency

April 3, 2018 by  
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What if the largest U.S. oil company published an annual report that integrated sustainability and financial metrics?

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Will these popular corporate sustainability programs survive the next U.S. budget?

February 27, 2018 by  
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The spending bill due March 23 could make or break many clean energy and sustainability programs.

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How to keep computers out of landfills and recyclers out of prison

February 27, 2018 by  
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Could a circular economy solution among suppliers fix Eric Lundgren’s predicament?

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6 design themes for reimagining urban tech and city life

February 27, 2018 by  
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From intelligent agents to new digital experiences, these ideas will influences experiences from dining to commuting.

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