Tracking Big Oil Attacks on Clean Car Standards

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The Trump administration has proposed rolling back clean car standards — comprised of greenhouse gas emissions standards and fuel efficiency standards that are coordinated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

When announcing the EPA’s plan to rewrite the standards, then agency administrator Scott Pruitt argued that the EPA had, under the previous leadership, rushed to conclude a midterm evaluation of emissions standards that the automakers had agreed to in 2012. In reality, the Obama midterm evaluation was built upon a 1,217 page analysis performed by EPA staff, a rigorous scientific and economic review that found that car companies currently had the technology to achieve the targets for model years 2022-2025, and that the economic benefits to car buyers would outweigh increased costs of compliance.

As reported in a New York Times investigation, Big Oil and the Koch network launched a covert campaign to lobby for a rollback of the Obama-era clean car standards. 

KochvsClean will continue to track these ongoing efforts to keep Americans buying more and more gasoline to fuel less efficient vehicles, despite the incredible innovation happening on fuel efficiency and the increased affordability and range of electric vehicles. 

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