More details have been released about the Trump administration’s plans to cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In particular, it is nearly zeroing out the budget for the vehicles program, calling for the National Vehicle and Fuels Emission Laboratory (“Vehicle Lab”) in particular to be funded almost entirely by fees on industry “as quickly as possible” (i.e. as soon as never). This could significantly undermine the enforcement of safeguards which protect American pocket books and public health from industry malfeasance, and it could put in jeopardy technical research that moves technology forward. Read more >
March 30, 2017 8:42 AM EDT
By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, American drivers will have saved another $4,000 in fuel costs thanks to the current fuel economy and global warming emissions regulations. And that number will keep on ticking upwards with each new vehicle purchase, since the cars and trucks available today continue to improve in efficiency each and every year. But it hasn’t always been this way—and the current administration seems to want to take us back.
March 22, 2017 9:33 AM EDT
It’s been one week since the administration caved to auto industry lobbyists and reopened the mid-term review of the EPA’s successful vehicle efficiency standards. In that time, there’s been a lot of hot air around what this means for the industry, so I thought I’d look into the factual basis for some of the more common assertions made around the announcement. Read more >
March 15, 2017 11:50 AM EDT
Today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rescinded the determination that the EPA standards for 2022-2025 are appropriate. This decision was made at the request of automakers seeking to supplant more than four years of robust, technical analysis with a political request from industry, and it could have major implications not just for our climate, but for consumers, thanks to an administration willing to bend over backwards for industry. Read more >
January 30, 2017 3:36 PM EDT