NRDC.org discusses how Wheeler’s Staff Shows the Clean Cars Rollback Is a Disaster.
According to two new bombshell articles this week, EPA staff experts had as many concerns about the Trump administration’s rollback of clean car standards as those of us on the outside have.
The understated, factual criticisms of the rollback from the EPA engineers and analysts who have worked on this issue for years undermine EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s frequent talking points in favor of the weakened standards.
Here’s what’s happening: EPA, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has been working since 2017 on a plan to roll back tailpipe emissions and fuel efficiency standards that were set to run through 2025. The existing standards, implemented in 2012, have been a huge success. Automakers achieved record sales while delivering vehicles of all types and sizes that polluted less and went farther on a tank of gas. EPA itself found they have saved drivers a whopping $90 billion in refueling costs while avoiding 475 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.