“The Trump administration’s goal is simple — to halt further increases in the stringency of clean car standards after 2020,” writes Research Professor, John DeCicco, in an opinion piece for Yale Environment 360.
Having an industry beg for stronger regulations than federal agencies have proposed is unheard of. Yet that is precisely what happened last week as nearly all major U.S. car companies signed a letter to the White House pleading with the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to neuter the automotive greenhouse gas standards established under President Obama. Those emission rules — which cover cars, SUVs, pickups, and other light-duty vehicles to be sold from 2021 to 2025 — are set to be revised this year.
It is ironic that automakers are now asking the Republican Party’s most extreme deregulatory ideologues, who some car companies and other big business interests nurtured and courted for so many years, to compromise with California and a dozen allied states committed to steady progress on climate protection.