Obama Administration Publishes Technical Assessment Report for Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions Standards – #climate

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) published a draft technical analysis report on the fuel efficiency standards, also known as the CAFE standards, set by the Obama administration in 2012. These standards will reduce climate pollution by as much as 6 billion metric tons over the lifetimes of the vehicles sold in model years 2012-2025—the equivalent to carbon pollution from 150 typical coal-fired power plants for an entire year. Following this draft release is a 60-day public comment period. This report includes details on the effectiveness of current fuel efficiency technology from the EPA and NHTSA recommendations on what is achievable for the second half of the fuel efficiency standards to be successful for years 2017-2025. This includes direct injection engines, start-stop technology, more efficient transmissions, and weight reduction. In response, Sierra Club Associate Washington Representative Andrew Linhardt released the following statement: “We need to strengthen existing fuel efficiency safeguards even more to ensure we reduce our dependence on dirty oil and that our air is clean and our climate is safe. The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft technical review of the current fuel economy standards shows that these goals are reachable and working -- due to technological innovation, our cars are cleaner and more efficient than ever before. Coupled with the Clean Power Plan, strong fuel efficiency safeguards are the best way President Obama can secure his environmental legacy by acting on climate and fulfilling the commitment the United States made in Paris last year.”

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