Trump to California fuel standards: “You’re fired!”

Posted: August 4, 2018 by oldbrew in Big Green, government, ideology, Subsidies, Travel

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US Government efforts to bulldoze Americans into buying more electric cars seem to be over.

Driven by Green ideology, the Obama Administration set unrealistic fuel standards (a.k.a. “CAFE” rules) for cars sold in America, says CFACT.

Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced it is putting a freeze on their implementation before any serious damage is done.

As recent as the Bush administration, the fuel efficiency standard was 27.5 miles per gallon. The Obama approach was set to jack up the CAFE mandate to a whopping 54.5 mpg by 2025. It was inspired by the eco-topian standards set in California and designed to force Americans to either buy electric cars or force them to drive unsafe, matchbox-sized gasoline powered ones. Most Americans did not want to voluntarily buy either.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler highlight exactly this point in an important editorial in the Wall Street Journal:

The 2012 standards were designed to encourage the development and sale of electric vehicles. Today electric vehicles are only about 1.5% of new vehicles sold. Some data conclude that nearly half of consumers who purchase an electric car do not buy another because of challenges with range and recharge times. Yet to meet the previous administration’s fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas standards, manufacturers would have to produce vehicle lineups that are 30% electric or more over the next seven years—far more vehicles than buyers are likely to want.

Further, the effect of the last administration’s standards was to subsidize these expensive electric vehicles at the expense of affordable traditional cars and trucks. Our goal is to ensure that consumers have a variety of safe, fuel-efficient choices so they can decide for themselves which options suit them best. This includes electric vehicles, for those who want them.

The President, by putting a freeze on the Obama CAFE rule, is also ending California’s practice of using its large market power to dictate Green ideology to the rest of the nation from the Left Coast.

Continued here.

  1. A C Osborn says:

    Another win for the American people.

  2. cognog2 says:

    It should be noted here for we Brits that 27.5 mpg(US) is equivalent to 33.82mpg(UK) gallons.

    My 1987 Merc. does about 38 mpg (UK) so the standard is not too onerous.

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘My 1987 Merc. does about 38 mpg (UK) so the standard is not too onerous.’

    Uhhh . . . 38 is not 54.5.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Gamecock – the Bush standard was 27.5 miles per gallon. New standards can’t be retrospective.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Battery of complaints against Tesla in Norway
    August 5, 2018

    ‘Norwegians are right to be upset with Tesla,’ admits Tesla CEO Elon Musk
    – – –
    Irony Alert: EPA Finds Ethanol Is Environmentally Damaging
    August 4, 2018

    The bigger surprise is the fact that ethanol production and combustion significantly increases the production of nitrous oxides (Nox).

    Excessive Nox was one of the main complaints about diesel…

  6. ivan says:

    It looks as if the ‘Green Dream’ is becoming the Green Nightmare for the ordinary ‘man in the street’ – very high electricity prices, using regulations to force the purchase of new equipment including cars when what the people have are adequate, rolling blackouts by forcing the use of very unreliable ‘renewable’ generators and so on.

    How soon before the back lash revolution? The MSM are seeing falling ratings if they mention global warming or climate change.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Line-by-line: California’s lies about the Trump rollback of the Obama fuel economy standards

    No, California will not be destroyed without the Obama fuel economy standards. In fact, it will improve.

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