This article discusses the efforts of Trump and Pruitt to weaken car gas mileage standards, and how that might be the worst climate-related thing they are doing.
By hitting the brakes on the decades-long drive to reduce automotive carbon emissions, President Donald Trump’s administration has taken its most consequential step yet toward undoing his predecessor’s legacy on climate change.
Scott Pruitt, the embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, announced the reversal on Monday in a “final determination” that President Obama’s plan for the 2022-2025 model years went too far and would be revised.
Pruitt did not yet announce a replacement for the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, which dictate fuel efficiency and therefore emissions. And even after he does—after more consultations and debate—it’s likely to be challenged in court.
So would another aspect of his plan: his threat to refuse a waiver to California, which is intent on setting its own tough standards.