If 2018 were an energy-saving roller coaster, the 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard would be your souvenir photo capturing a year of promising highs and a few stomach-churning lows in efficiency policy.
Statement by Therese Langer, ACEEE Transportation Program Director
The Trump administration’s plan to roll back clean car standards will force Americans to pay more at the gas pump and increase air pollution that harms our health and the environment.
Automakers are rolling out an impressive suite of fuel-saving technologies just as the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seek to roll back vehicle efficiency and emissions standards. Many of these technologies will be applied to full-size pickups, the perennial poster child for going easy on domestic manufacturers when it comes to setting future fuel economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas emission (GHG) standards.
Just hours before Administrator Scott Pruitt’s departure on Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency reportedly widened a loophole for manufacturers of high-polluting glider trucks — new tractor trucks with old engines. Starting immediately, the EPA will not enforce a per-manufacturer annual production cap of 300 gliders that do not meet current emissions standards. Although the cap went into effect at the beginning of this year, the EPA plans to ignore and eventually repeal it.
A near-record number of families are hitting the road over Memorial Day weekend, just as gas prices are projected to climb to a four-year high. Watching prices creep upward is bringing back painful memories for many Americans, but improved fuel economy is making road trips more affordable than before.
The “final determination” on light-duty vehicle standards recently issued by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt has all the hallmarks of a bad book report. Despite the complexity of the subject matter, the formal rejection of the Obama-era greenhouse gas standards for model years 2022-2025 does not draw on an ounce of new EPA analysis.
The Trump administration appears to be nearing a decision to roll back light-duty fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. Automakers have promoted this reckless action by claiming that the standards are too tough now that consumers are buying larger vehicles, which typically use more fuel.
As new models with longer ranges, state-of-the-art features, and lower prices enter the market, 2018 is widely expected to be the year of the electric vehicles (EV).