Trump proves once more that he will stoop to any low to attack Obama’s legacy. This time, Trump is trying to roll back fuel-efficiency requirements on cars and trucks. The proposal would smack states like California in the face with a cloud of smog, undercutting their ability to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes. The move is all-but-guaranteed to launch lawsuits and disrupt the auto industry.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 2, 2018
It’s an attack on state’s rights to decide what they will do to combat pollution and climate change.
Weren’t Trump voters the ones who said they valued state’s rights? Now imagine the Trump follower’s evil satisfaction as they dream of “rolling coal,” a phrase for purposefully emitting smog, on America’s highways.
The proposal would freeze emissions requirements at planned 2020 levels until 2026.
The move would eliminate California’s electric vehicle mandate, which would be a blow to companies that have invested billions into electric cars, such as Tesla Inc and General Motors Co.
Once more, Republican disguise something insidious with a euphemistic name, “The Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026.”
When the proposed rule is published the public will be allowed to submit comments. There will also be three public hearings in Washington, D.C.; in the Detroit, MI area; and in the Los Angeles, CA area. Dates are to be announced by the EPA and The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The reasoning behind the introduction of the proposal is about as ridiculous as the name.
From the Washington Post:
“The proposal argues that forcing automakers to reach a fleet-wide average of 51.4 miles per gallon by 2025, as the Obama administration required, would make vehicles more expensive and encourage people to stick to driving older, less-safe cars and trucks. The administration estimates that halting more ambitious fuel efficiency targets would save Americans thousands of dollars on every new vehicle purchased and avoid 1,000 road deaths a year.”
Democratic Senators, public health experts, and environmental groups say the proposal would do the reverse, raising costs for consumers as well as delaying the incentive for companies to produce more efficient vehicles. Of course, it would also delay reducing the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in America, despite the growing threats from climate change that Trump ignores.
Paul Cort, an attorney at the advocacy group Earthjustice, says it’s all about helping big oil at every person’s expense:
“The Trump administration would rather force everyone to breathe the same higher levels of pollution. Who benefits? The oil industry. Who’s harmed? More than a hundred million Americans who live in states that set higher expectations for their air.”
This week, Trump's EPA could try to make our cars pollute more by weakening emissions standards. Here's why they will fail. https://t.co/7Y6QHJ1kfm
— Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) July 23, 2018
Cort says that if the proposal becomes law, it would have a devastating impact on the economy and our health:
“On top of the health and climate impacts, everyday Americans can expect to feel the economic sting of this rollback if it stands. In 2025, Americans will pay an extra $17 billion at the gas pump while the oil industry reaps its rewards. In 2040, American consumers will pay an eye-popping $55 billion extra at the pump. The nation’s clean car standards are expected to create 250,000 jobs nationwide — President Trump’s action could cut that in half.”
When public comments begin sometime this summer, a wave of resistance will no doubt come down on this absurd and malevolent proposal from the Trump administration.
American’s health and wallets shouldn’t suffer to allow the Trump administration and the oil companies to rake in more cash.
Featured image: “Diesel trucks rolling coal on Prius” screenshot via YouTube