Dave Cooke

Senior vehicles analyst

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Dave Cooke is a senior vehicles analyst in the Clean Vehicles Program, specializing in both light- and heavy-duty fuel economy. He conducts research on fuel efficiency technologies and the implications for oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across the transportation sector. See Dave's full bio.

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Trump Administration Finalizes Car Rule Which Will Worsen Economy, Public Health

Even with the economy at the brink of a recession, the Trump administration just finalized a rule to undo requirements on manufacturers to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new passenger cars and trucks. The net benefits of the rule are actually negative, resulting in $10-20 BILLION in net monetized harm to the country, which is actually a worse outcome than most of alternatives the agencies considered! Read more >

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Most Fuel-Efficient Cars: a Win for Consumers’ Pockets, the Economy, and Climate, but What’s Next?

Every year, the EPA puts out a report on compliance with the current vehicle efficiency standards, and the technology trends helping to improve the fuel economy of new vehicles sold. That report shows that fuel economy is at its highest levels ever—and according to our analysis, the regulations driving improvements to every new car and truck sold have saved drivers over $100 BILLION. Read more >

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Trump Administration Moves to Finalize Extremely Dumb Fuel Economy and Vehicle Emissions Rule

A little over a year ago, EPA and NHTSA proposed rolling back fuel economy and vehicle emissions standards based on deeply flawed analysis. Earlier this month, EPA and NHTSA finally got around to “fixing” the plethora of errors and have submitted the updated rule over to the Office of Management and Budget for review before finalization. A few details have now been reported about the contents of the rule and extent of the “fix,” and they are so mindbogglingly stupid that I feel I need to share them with you.

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Trump EPA Doing Something to Actually REDUCE Pollution from Trucks

Today, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to set more stringent pollution standards on heavy-duty trucks. This follows up on the 2018 announcement of the administration’s “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” and represents the only step thus far the administration has made to actually, you know, do its job and reduce pollution.

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EPA Tried to Allow Dirtier Trucks Without Studying Whether That Would Be Bad for Health

No, that’s not an Onion headline—a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) finds that Administrator Scott Pruitt tried to rush through a regulation which would allow the new sale of trucks that lack modern pollution controls without actually considering whether that would be, you know, a bad thing. The report is clear and consistent with an administration that seems hellbent on doing whatever it can to eliminate environmental safeguards, especially when it will benefit political cronies and/or special interests.

The investigation was sparked by Senators Tom Carper and Tom Udall, who requested that the EPA OIG  take a closer look at the rulemaking on glider trucks (aka #ZombieTrucks). What the EPA OIG found is damning.

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