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OK, it almost NEVER happens that industry comes together and asks the government for tougher regulations. But thanks to President Trump that just happened. Last week, 17 of the biggest auto companies sent President Trump a letter warning that if he goes ahead with this plan to roll back the fuel efficiency standards set by the Obama Administration, it “threatens to cut their profits and produce “untenable” instability in a crucial manufacturing sector.”
Why This Matters: The federal government had been negotiating with California over these standards, from which the state can lawfully deviate to make them tougher. The worst scenario of all is if California has one set of fuel efficiency standards and the rest of the country has a different one. The car companies also sent a letter to the Governor of California asking that he meet the Trump Administration halfway, but there is no indication that Trump would agree to a compromise. The only thing that seems certain now is litigation.
Delegates attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow will get to see a very cool display during their stay. So cool, in fact, that it’s been frozen since 1765. Artist Wayne Binitie and scientists of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have retrieved an Antarctic time capsule containing the world’s purest air. The pocket of atmosphere was […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The European Environment Agency (EEA) found that a majority of EU countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year — despite COVID-19 lockdowns. In addition, 17 EU countries failed to stay below ozone pollution targets, which directly influence global warming; and eight EU countries failed to stay […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer An Indonesian district court ruled yesterday that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has neglected Jakarta’s residents right to clean air. In a unanimous ruling in favor of the 32 residents who brought the case, the Central Jakarta District Court ordered Widodo, and six other top officials deemed negligent, to improve […]
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