Fuel Economy Standards Can't Save The Climate -- We Need Better Policy
Vehicle efficiency standards have been a cornerstone of U.S. energy policy since the 1970s, but their ability to decrease emissions from the transportation sector is increasingly limited. It is time for policy advocates at all levels to start designing and implementing more effective policy, writes EPIC Executive Director Sam Ori.
Last week, the Trump Administration laid out its long-anticipated plan to roll back fuel efficiency standards for passenger vehicles sold between 2021 and 2025. In short, the administration is proposing to freeze the standards at 2020 levels instead of maintaining the more ambitious schedule of improvements through 2025 set forth by the Obama Administration. It is also planning to revoke California’s Clean Air Act Preemption Waiver, thereby prohibiting the state from setting its own greenhouse gas emission standards and maintaining other related policies such as zero emissions vehicle mandates.