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Trump to Freeze Obama's Auto Mileage Rules, Rescind California's Emissions Authority

Trump administration reveals plans to roll back vehicle fuel standards EPA moves to scrap Obama-era clean car rules and sets up fight with California
Kristen Harrington | 03 August, 2018, 06:53

- State prosecutors from California to MA blasted the Trump administration Thursday for proposing weaker auto fuel-efficiency standards they said would imperil clean air and increase greenhouse gases.

Under the Trump's administration's new proposal, cars and light-trucks would only have to average 37 MPG by 2026. Automakers, who had asked to be relieved of some of the mandates, have expressed misgivings about having to accommodate a patchwork of federal and state standards.

The administration also proposed a withdrawal of California's Clean Air Act preemption waiver. Under the Trump administration's preferred proposal, that would drop to 29.6 miles per gallon, a reduction in nationwide fuel efficiency of about 21 percent.

The state has struggled to rein in vehicle pollution. At the moment, the state standard and the national one are the same-but if they diverged, automakers could end up making multiple versions of each auto to sell in different parts of the U.S. The Trump administration wants to take away California's right to set higher standards.

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He has not been seen in 24 to 36 hours, Acevedo said, and had sent a text to an acquaintance saying he was going to kill himself. Pappas was not home when officers went there on Wednesday but Mr Acevedo said they found evidence linking Pappas to the killing.

The rollback would undermine efforts by California and several other states to meet commitments the USA made in the Paris agreement on climate change. "Clean energy" seemed to be a top priority when he was governor of California. With today's release of the Administration's proposals, it's time for substantive negotiations to begin.

Schwarzenegger added that he's "sick and exhausted of these fake conservatives who believe in states' rights to make their own policies - as long as state policy is to pollute more".

"The source of the safety benefits is from getting folks into affordable, more fuel efficient, cleaner safer cars", she told reporters.

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown responded swiftly.

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The proposal outlined Thursday would eliminate the sharp increase in fuel-economy requirements adopted under the Obama administration in collaboration with California.

As auto manufacturers boosted fuel economy across their fleets, incremental improvements have become more costly and complicated while returns have diminished, the agencies say. Transportation is the only sector where greenhouse gas emissions went up in 2016, the most recent data available. The plunge in natural gas prices and other market forces have steadily lowered the climate impact of utilities, but transportation is proving more stubborn. Assuming, strictly for illustration purposes, a gasoline price of three dollars per gallon, that would result in an increased annual fuel expenditure of about $318.

The existing federal fuel economy targets, which were championed by California, ensure automakers keep moving toward higher efficiency vehicles, as other nations also require.

Trump in March 2017 announced his administration would be reopening a review of the Obama automobile rules that he and some automakers said was unfairly cut short by Obama's EPA.

Alex Trebek says odds are 50/50 he'll continue hosting Jeopardy!, offers replacements
He took a brief medical leave earlier this year following brain surgery last December, according to USA Today . The Jeopardy! host also recommended a female replacement, adding, "There is an attorney, Laura Coates ".

The Bay Area firm Energy Innovation, which models the environmental impact of energy policies, projects the proposal would increase USA fuel use 20 percent by 2035.

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