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december 4th, 2020

California Mpg Agreement

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U.S. Environment Agency spokesman Michael Abboud criticized the agreement, saying, ”This voluntary framework is a cascade of public relations that does nothing to promote a national standard that will provide safety and relief to American consumers.” And since the agreement extends beyond California`s borders, the impact could be considerable. Thirteen other states follow California`s state standards and have agreed to implement the new agreement. The fate of separate standards should be decided by the Supreme Court, which will most likely rule on a multi-state action to null and void the Trump administration`s federal rule or, at the very least, to retain state authority to set stricter rules. Luke Tonachel, director of clean vehicles and fuels at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the agreement confirmed the authority of California and other states to set pollution standards that protect the public. The five – Ford, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo – have sealed a binding agreement with California to comply with the state`s stricter exhaust rules. Becker also says that emission standards introduced under the Obama administration, which are somewhat more restrictive than the California agreement, should be maintained. ”The standards the Trump administration wants to return are the biggest step every nation has taken to combat global warming. They would save 6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide if they were not weakened. So it`s a huge threat to the planet if the president backs down,” Becker said.

After months of bitter negotiations with the Trump administration over the planned withdrawal of business average economic standards (CAFE), California has struck on its own. In a new agreement between California, four of the world`s largest automakers have voluntarily agreed to implement annual fuel consumption improvements in all fleets. Together, these car manufacturers Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen account for about 30% of new cars and light commercial vehicles sold in the United States. We model the impact of the new agreement on average fuel consumption, U.S. oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and estimate that it is proceeding modestly better than the CAFE freeze at the 2020 level proposed by the EPA. The agreement could provide legal certainty for additional automakers who, after months of uncertainty, want to include their long-term product plans. If more companies sign up, the effects of the California deal could rival those of Obama-era standards and severely weaken the Trump administration`s hand. But with the release of Monday`s legal agreement, the ”cascading” is no longer voluntary. Under the California agreement, automakers, which together account for about 30% of the U.S.

auto market, must increase their average fuel consumption from about 38 miles per gallon today to about 51 miles per gallon by 2026. By comparison, the Trump administration`s national rule on car emissions, which ended this spring, was removed from a 2012 rule that automakers` fleets must average 54 miles per gallon by 2025. Instead, fleets should only be about 40 miles per gallon. ”Today`s announcement by California and some automakers of an agreement recognizes that the MY2022-2025 standards developed by the Obama administration are not feasible and need to be adapted. … Businesses have different perspectives on how best to improve safety. A final federal rule regarding future CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) /GHG (greenhouse gas) standards has yet to be published, and automakers continue to look for a way forward to meet the diverse needs of our customers while ensuring environmental improvements, ensuring safety and automotive jobs, and considering that new vehicles are affordable for more Americans,” the statement said.



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