EPA IG Investigating Trump Team’s Clean Car Rule Replacement

EPA IG Investigating Trump Team’s Clean Car Rule Replacement

The internal watchdog (Inspector General or IG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they had opened an investigation into the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule, Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman reported in the New York Times last week.

Why This Matters: As Vickie Patton, general counsel for the Environmental Defense Fund, told the NYT, “this is really serious…It’s rare for E.P.A.’s inspector general to conduct an investigation of the agency’s rule-making.”

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Clean Car Rule Rolled Back This Week – Perfect Timing

Clean Car Rule Rolled Back This Week – Perfect Timing

This week’s cartoon says it all.  The President rolled back the Obama Clean Car rule during a pandemic that causes people to lose their ability to breathe.  How could he?

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Senate Dems Propose Major Clean Cars Push As Court Rejects Challenge to Clean Car Rollback

Senate Dems Propose Major Clean Cars Push As Court Rejects Challenge to Clean Car Rollback

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, along with Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Sen. Jeff Merkley  of Oregon, on Friday announced a $450 billion/10 year “Clean Cars For America Climate Proposal”  to accelerate the transition to net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century by making clean cars and charging infrastructure accessible and affordable to all Americans.  Meanwhile, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. rejected on procedural grounds a challenge to the Trump Administration’s announced decision that it intends to replace the Obama clean car rule because the case is not ripe until the new rule is put in place.

Why This Matters:  It is impressive that the Senate Democrats’ proposal to speed the adoption of electric vehicles in the U.S. unites auto workers, environmental groups and the auto companies all in support of speeding the development and adoption of cleaner cars.

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Gas Companies Charging Californians More for Gas, New Analysis Finds

Gas Companies Charging Californians More for Gas, New Analysis Finds

Just as Exxon Mobil is on trial for accounting fraud, California Governor Gavin Newsom asked his attorney general’s office to “investigate whether a “mystery surcharge” on gasoline prices in the state was caused by oil companies “misleading and overcharging” their customers,” according to the SF Chronicle. In a letter to California AG Xavier Becerra, Newsom […]

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Trump Administration To Take Away Transportation Funding for CA Due to Its Dirty Air

Trump Administration To Take Away Transportation Funding for CA Due to Its Dirty Air

Looking to take further action against the State of California, the Environmental Protection Agency under the guise of enforcing the state’s non-compliance with the Clean Air Act (CAA) says it will take away billions in federal funds provided to the state of California to implement low carbon transportation projects.   The Sacramento Bee reported yesterday that […]

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The Trump Administration Investigates California Clean Car Agreement

The Trump administration opened an anti-trust investigation over an agreement the state of California reached with automakers about producing cars that adhere to tougher emissions standards than the federal government now requires.  According to the Wall Street Journal on Friday, “Justice Department lawyers are seeking to determine whether Ford Motor, Honda, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG broke federal competition law by agreeing with California […]

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