Environment

Corrupt EPA Admin. Calls for Rolling Back Fuel Standards

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Comically corrupt Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt has taken the first steps toward rolling back the fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.

Without saying what the new standards would or should be, Pruitt ordered the agency to begin the review process to roll the standards back.

The corporate average fuel economy, or Cafe, standards, were not appropriate and should be revised, the EPA said in a release. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the Obama administration “set the standards too high” and “made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality,” but he did not offer any specifics on revising them.

Pruitt ordered the agency to begin the review process because rolling back the standards outright would probably be illegal or, at the very least, not well received in a federal court room. The Trump regime has not fared well in the past when it tried to cut corners and speed up the process.

With that said, there's no doubt what the agency's sham review process will conclude. This is a formality.

This is being reported as a "win" for automakers, but it's possible not all of them are on board. Without offering more detail, the vice president of Honda's American operations says this is not what the industry asked for, but that remains to be seen.

You may have noticed that Americans are buying lots of SUVs again, just as they did in the mid-2000s, because gas is cheap. But how long will that last? Are we just setting ourselves up to repeat every mistake of the Bush administration, from wars to tax cuts, deregulation, and financial turmoil? I feel like we've seen this movie before and it didn't end well.

  • It’s like my elderly uncle is running the country. “When I was a kid the cars were made out of real American By God Steel and they belched black smoke that smelled like freedom. And I had to walk 10 miles to school even in blizzards. We didn’t have no namby pamby school bus. Most days I’d take my pappy’s rifle to school with me so I can shoot a squirrel for lunch…..”

    Somebody, please make it stop.

  • The automakers CANNOT be happy with this. Undoubtedly they’ve already started work to meet the new standards. This kind of unpredictability cannot be something they see as good for their business. That the Administration doesn’t see this obvious business reality just shows what corrupt idiots they are.

  • Draxiar

    I don’t know it for a fact but I get the sense that people are, generally, looking for more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible vehicles. Automakers would be smart to just keep making them with the old standards because despite the EPA assessment it’s the demand that will move automakers. Also, you can bet that before long those emission standards will be reinforced and likely surpassed in the future. Might as well stay ahead of the curve.

    • David Greenberg

      Staying ahead of the curve for long term efficacy is too much to expect of American corporations when there are short term profits to be had. Look for car manufacturers to see this as manna from heaven. German car manufacturers have already been ahead of the curve on this by cheating on emission standards.

  • Badgerite

    Wouldn’t American made vehicles exported to other countries run into problems with respect to other countries internal fuel efficiency standards? And why not just take down all the bridges and go back to ferry services. This is just stupid.

  • gescove

    California accounts for the lion’s share of US new car sales. The administration has been barking about rescinding the EPA waiver that allows California to set emissions standards more stringent than the Feds for more than a year. This is the latest waypoint in the Trump/Pruitt EPA collision course with California… and anyone else who might want to breathe clean air and have more efficient transportation.

  • muselet

    California has a waiver which allows it to set stricter emissions and fuel consumption requirements than the feds. Back in the day, car companies produced California cars and 49-state cars, but that was expensive and, as technology improved, increasingly difficult to justify.

    Building cars to two specifications now would be a huge headache for a car company. Far simpler to build to the stricter standards and be done with it, which I’d wager is what the manufacturers will do. There’s an advantage to being the state that buys the most cars.

    Of course, Scott Pruitt wants to cancel California’s waiver as well as loosen fuel economy standards, so this story is just beginning.

    –alopecia

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    This is a great way to shrink your market share.
    If American made vehicles don’t meet emission standards set by foreign nations or get the increased mileage demanded by foreign consumers, they will be toast.
    Just another stupid tRumpf administration policy taking us backwards.
    Get ready for repeats of past disasters like the Cuyahoga river burning.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea703ea4694fc1bc9d054429162306939cac54da6464351fb7f282d266941e4d.jpg

    • ninjaf

      Or, they will make cars just to be sold overseas and then Americans will get jealous of the overseas models when gas prices rise.