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On the Heels of Rollback, Auto Makers Seek Another Hand Out

, senior vehicles analyst

While the administration just finalized its reduction in vehicle efficiency from 5 percent per year to no better than a measly 1.5 percent per year (despite their own evidence showing how bad it is for the country), that hasn’t stopped the auto industry from seeking even further reductions. In a new proposed change to how passenger cars and trucks are tested, the Trump administration is trying to give automakers a carve-out that would further increase global warming emissions from new cars by 1.6 percent.

Admittedly, this change is a little wonky so let me lay it out as best as I can. But the bottom line is that automakers are seeking even further, permanent reductions in the stringency of global warming emissions standards, right on the heels of a massive rollback of emissions standards.

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

, senior vehicles analyst

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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Green Subaru Forester at 2019 LA Auto Show
Automakers like Subaru use the Los Angeles Auto Show to tout their supposed “green” credentials while glossing over their efforts to undermine the Clean Air Act. Newsflash, Subaru: if you actually want to do something about wildfires, maybe you should try fighting climate change instead of working to gut the biggest policy we have to combat it? UCS/Dave Reichmuth

Why (Some) Automakers Are Working with the Trump Administration to Undermine the Clean Air Act

, senior vehicles analyst

The Los Angeles Auto Show is just wrapping up, but while my colleague Dave Reichmuth was there getting a sneak peek at what the next couple years have in store, California’s emissions regulators were absent for the first time in 50 years. The reason? It is all too apparent that automakers are engaging in a classic case of greenwashing, using the event to tout a handful of “green” vehicles as environmentally friendly while actively working behind the scenes to undermine environmental protections.

Here’s the skinny on what the industry is doing, and why California and other states pushing to protect their citizens are seriously pissed off at a cabal of automakers currently in cahoots with the Trump administration.

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To tackle climate change, it's clear that we can drive efficiency improvements across all types of vehicles - now is not the time to throw that progress in reverse.

Automakers Can Build Better Cars, But We Need Strong Standards to Make Them

, senior vehicles analyst

Let’s quit with the nonsense from lobbyists and lawyers that these standards aren’t achievable. Read more >

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2018 Chevrolet Malibu sedan parked in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
General Motors is attacking California's ability to set emissions regulations, but its Chevy Malibu is proof that GM can meet strong 2025 standards. Chevrolet

While GM Fights Stronger Standards, Its Chevy Malibu Proves It Can Meet Them

, senior vehicles analyst

Recently General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Toyota, and other automakers sided with the Trump administration to fight California’s ability to set strong emissions standards. While this fight tramples all over the Clean Air Act and state leadership, GM and others are pushing the administration to rollback the One National Program we already have so that it can be replaced with a much weaker one. The Chevy Malibu is set to be redesigned in the coming years—by 2025, the next-generation Malibu can meet the One National Program of strong vehicle efficiency standards we have today, saving hundreds of dollars for its customers in the process. Read more >

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