Did California Trump the Clean Car Rollback?

By Ben Jervey : sierraclub – excerpt

An end run around the Feds could duck Trump’s attack on clean air

Leverage is one of Donald Trump’s favorite themes—”don’t make deals without it,” he wrote in The Art of the Deal. In the two-year battle over clean car standards, California just reminded the Trump administration what real leverage looks like.

In late July, after months of secret negotiations, the agency responsible for writing the Golden State’s air pollution regulations, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), announced a surprise deal with four major automakers. Though the exact details of the agreement are not yet public, the parties agreed to implement fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards that are tougher than those proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to a term sheet CARB released. The deal amounts to an end run around federal agencies that would effectively blunt the impact of the Trump administration’s long-anticipated rollback of the Obama-era standards, which call for a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025… (more)

If there was ever a problem drivers and car manufacturers had it was never with wanting worse gas mileage or to pollute the air. If the administration wants to do something for manufacturers and drivers it can do something else, like fix the highways and bridges that are in need of repair. It could also work to install more electric charging stations for the electric car market that is gaining in popularity.

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