WWB: The EPA is Rolling it All Back

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So, I’ve been following the topic for a while and attempting to break it down simply in order to spread the news, and inspire some form of action regarding the various issues.

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EPA STARTS ROLLBACK OF CAR EMISSIONS STANDARDS


April 2, 2018

A recent press release by the EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the U.S. government would roll back the fuel efficiency standards for cars and light-duty trucks the Obama administration put in place to curb carbon emissions.

The tight standard placed by the Obama administration would’ve reduced greenhouse gas emissions from passenger cars and light-duty trucks by 6 billion metric ton by 2022-2025. At the time, car manufacturers argued that the standard was unrealistic, expensive and politically charged—currently, the Trump administration is stating the same sentiments.

“The Obama administration’s determination was wrong,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.”

This is a clear u-turn in curbing climate change and honestly will pose serious threats to millions of people regarding clean air and health issues. Within the U.S., a roll-back will set up a legal trench war between the EPA and the state of California, due to California having the authority to set their own, more stringent standards. Twelve other states and the District of Columbia—in all, a third of the U.S. population, will follow California’s lead.

“We’re ready to file suit if needed to protect these critical standards and to fight the administration’s war on our environment,” said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement. “California didn’t become the sixth-largest economy in the world by spectating.”

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