by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow
As Appearing in the Fresno Bee
The Trump administration wants to put you in a newer, better, safer and cleaner car sooner and for less money. In contrast, the state of California and its allies in the radical environmental movement want either to keep you in your clunker longer or to put you in a smaller, more expensive, less convenient electric vehicle for the sake of their so-called “green” agenda.
Who has the better pitch? Fresno is hosting a public hearing on Monday, September 24 on a proposed rulemaking that will help decide the matter.
In August, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly proposed to rollback fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks issued by the Obama administration in 2012.
The Obama rules almost doubled fuel economy standards from 27 miles per gallon in 2012 to 55 MPG by 2025 – even though the technology to accomplish new 2025 standards didn‘t exist and still doesn’t. It’s not even on the drawing board.