EPA chief: USA needs a single standard for fuel efficiency

26 July, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • Report: Trump admin has plan to end California’s emissions standards power

The Trump administration will reportedly seek to revoke California's authority to regulate automotive emissions, including the state's mandate for EV sales.

"Once the agencies formally unveil the proposal, the public will have a chance to weigh in, with those comments used to develop a final rule that could be implemented as soon as the end of the year", writes Bloomberg.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are expected to propose an end to the 2009 waiver that gave California the right to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and mandate that auto companies reach a quota of electric vehicles sold, according to Bloomberg News.

If the Trump administration moves to revoke California's authority on regulating vehicle greenhouse gases, the administration would likely deploy two legal arguments, say Sivas and Holmstead. Instead it will cap federal fuel economy requirements at the 2020 level, which under federal law must be at least a 35-mile-per-gallon fleet average, rather than letting them rise to roughly 50 mpg by 2025 as envisioned in the plan left behind by Obama, according to the people. "To do so, we advocate maintaining the current standards that would raise the average fuel economy of the USA light-duty vehicle fleet to a projected 50.8 mpg by 2025 based on the current USA light-duty vehicle fleet mix".

In May, California and a group of 16 other states challenged the Trump administration's decision to reopen strict USA vehicle emissions rules for review.

The proposed regulations revamp will also stop the current federal rules aiming to boost fuel efficiency into the next decade.

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond for comment.

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Automakers are ambivalent about the reform, citing regulatory uncertainty as a problem. "It's a dumb move for an administration that claims it wants peace, because this will lead to an emissions war: progressive states versus a reactionary federal government".

Eliminating California's electric vehicle mandate would hurt automakers like Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and General Motors Co (GM.N) that are investing billions in EVs. While the Trump administration is trying to renege on that rule, a statute exists that allows the Department of Transportation, along with the EPA, to set fuel economy standards.

"We have the law on our side, as well as the people of the country and the people of the world", said Dan Sperling, a member of the state's Air Resources Board.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has sharply criticized efforts to roll back mileage standards, adding the state would file suit against any effort to revoke its waiver.

"One of the reasons they've been somewhat quiet is because they're torn, " said Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Autotrader and KBB.com, speaking of the auto companies.

California officials have long said they will sue if the Environmental Protection Agency makes good on the threat. Although California argues its rules are not fuel economy standards in word or practice, "they are very much related to fuel economy", Holmstead said.

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