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  • Smokestacks pollution air quality

    The EPA has dismissed two panels of outside scientists that advised the agency on particulate matter and ground-level ozone, which have been linked to smog and respiratory problems. Under acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal-industry lobbyist, analyzing those pollutants will be left to the EPA's internal Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. The CASAC is a seven-member board made up primarily of government officials, such as state environmental, natural resources, and health officials and the Army Corps of Engineers. Its chairman, Anthony Cox, runs a private scientific...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
    Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday

    Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in. The EPA proposed in early August to undo Obama-era rules requiring cars to reach increasingly stringent fuel-economy targets...

  • VW future communicating lights
    Short(er)-range Tesla, Porsche Taycan wagon, U.S. cuts CO2: Today's Car News

    A new shorter-range Tesla Model 3 drops into the mix—but not the $35,000 model that many deposit-holders have been waiting for. Porsche will add a more utilitarian hatchback design to its upcoming Taycan electric-car lineup. And VW gives its vehicle lighting more of a message. All this and...

  • UCS 2016 EV emissions mpg map
    UCS report shows electric cars get even cleaner in 2018

    Electric cars keep getting cleaner, despite efforts by the EPA and NHTSA to roll back pollution standards on cars and powerplants. That's the conclusion of the latest report from the Union of Concerned Scientists which annually measures the environmental impact of driving an electric car. The study...

  • Smog over Los Angeles, courtesy Flickr user steven-buss
    California overrules EPA emissions freeze for cars sold in the state

    At its meeting on Friday, the California Air Resources Board officially confirmed that it will stick with planned increases in emissions and fuel economy standards for cars sold in the state. The move was expected after CARB said in August that it would not follow the Trump Administration's move to...

  • Smokestacks pollution air quality
    Trump fuel-economy proposal writes off rising global temperatures

    It's not that the Trump administration doesn't believe in climate change. It just doesn't want to do anything about it. In a 500-page draft environmental impact statement concerning the EPA's and NHTSA's joint proposal to roll back fuel-economy and emissions regulations, the NHTSA reports that it...

  • EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler

    Science looks to no longer be a high priority at the EPA. The New York Times reported Thursday that the EPA plans to eliminate the powerful Office of the Science Advisor, merging it with another office under the Deputy Administrator for Science. The move represents a significant demotion of the science advisory role. Previously the Office of the Science Advisor reported directly to the administrator. Under the new structure, any findings from the office would have to go two rungs up the ladder to reach the administrator. DON'T MISS: Trump administration releases proposal to weaken fuel...

  • Jaguar E-Type Zero
    Electric Jaguar E-Type, EPA blowback, Tesla pileups, and giant hybrid drones: The Week in Reverse

    Who objected to the Trump administration's plans to freeze emissions and fuel-economy standards? What was recalled going back to the beginning of modern electric cars? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending August 24, 2018...

  • Oil well (photo by John Hill)
    Gas guzzling now A-OK, Trump administration says

    Following news that the EPA dropped plans to keep boosting fuel-economy standards, it quietly dropped another bombshell: It's now fine to guzzle gas. Burn as much as you want. According to an AP report carried by the Detroit News, the Energy Department quietly released the news online in a memo in...

  • Smokestacks pollution air quality
    EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

    After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants. The new proposed rule, which the EPA calls the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, would eliminate Obama-era standards that would...

  • Petro-Canada gas station, Crossfields, Alberta, with electric-car charging station
    Commentary: Fuel-economy standards don't need to be rolled back to make cars SAFER

    Smaller, lighter cars always get the blame when politicians want to lower fuel-economy standards. They lobby that too many Americans will be driving lighter cars and that that will lead to more deaths on America's roadways. That's exactly the argument that the Trump administration made earlier this...

  • Exhaust emissions from tailpipe [photo: Simone Ramella, 2005, used under Creative Commons 2.0]
    OpEd: Who pays for principle in Trump's war on lower emissions and trade?

    Last week the Trump administration unveiled a broad drawdown of fuel-economy regulations that had been aimed at cutting emissions from passenger vehicles. In the 978-page proposal, administration officials argued those rules implemented by the Obama administration would create lighter, potentially...

  • Traffic at the I-10 & I-405 interchange in Los Angeles, California (by Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz)

    In response to an EPA proposal to freeze emissions and fuel economy standards, California said it will not honor federal vehicle certifications if the proposal goes through. "The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed amending the California Low-Emission Vehicle III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation to ensure that cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022-2025 continue to meet California standards even if Federal standards are frozen," reads a statement from CARB reprinted in Green Car Congress. Under a 2012 agreement with the EPA (which regulates emissions standards...

  • Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
    Multi-speed transmissions and turbochargers don't save much fuel–oh, really? Analysis (Updated)

    In President Trump's plan to freeze fuel economy standards last week, the EPA and NHTSA made a strange statement. They said that two of the main technologies used to improve fuel economy standards—turbocharging and multi-speed transmissions—were not as effective as had been expected...

  • Tesla Model 3 bought [Photo by reader AH]
    Tesla sales, rebates ending, oil studies, and dirty tricks: The Week in Reverse

    Which brand's electric cars won't get a tax credit after next year? Which electric car is in extremely short supply? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending July 13, 2018. Friday, we listed the best deals on green cars for July...

  • EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
    Wheeler replaces Pruitt as EPA chief, climate denial, fossil fuel support continue apace

    Following an 18-month tenure filled with a cascade of scandals, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday. President Donald Trump acknowledged Pruitt's resignation in a tweet and announced that EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will run the agency in the interim, starting Monday...

  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy
    Supreme Court retirement could have impact on environmental protection

    The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced on Wednesday could have dramatic and detrimental effects on environmental quality. Since the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2006, Kennedy has been a pivotal vote on the court, siding with the majority on at least two...

  • EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
    EPA loses 10 percent of enforcement staff under Trump

    If the EPA wants to reduce federal involvement in environmental protection, it may not need to roll back emissions requirements or cancel California's environmental waiver. It could just quit enforcing the law. That is already happening to a degree, according to new data from Public Employees for...

  • CARB ZEV vehicle game board 2018

    Editor's note: Green Car Reports covers a lot of electric cars—and there are a lot more to cover these days, thanks to California's complex requirements that major automakers produce zero emissions vehicles for sale. For fans of clean cars—as well as opponents—it's difficult to understand how many plug-in cars the state requires due to a complicated system of credits. This directly impacts the selection of models available. In this report John Briggs breaks down how the system works by turning it into a high-stakes card game, complete with chips and a banker. Please note...

  • Gas pump
    How high should fuel-economy standards be set? Take our Twitter poll

    The four choices included are: The same as set by the Obama Administration (59.4 mpg), an even higher level, the minimum 35 mpg required by Congress under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, or at some lower level down to and including repealing Corporate Average Fuel Economy rules...

  • Gas pump
    Carmakers want emission, CAFE tweaks, not huge rollbacks, but won't say so publicly

    As promised, the Trump administration has embarked on regulatory rollbacks across many fronts, some immediate and others taking longer. It remains unclear whether the EPA's plan to loosen carbon-dioxide emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles will survive inevitable court challenges...

  • National Plug-In Day 2012: San Francisco, with 60 Nissan Leafs in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
    Deal between EPA, California on auto emissions may still be possible

    Over the many months EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signaled his intention to revisit the Obama administration's emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, California warned that it would not go along with any reductions. The state has been allowed to set its own emission standards for...

  • Gas pump
    EPA does not set fuel-economy limits: get this right, journalists!

    Journalism as an industry is under great pressure these days. There are far more people writing "content" than in past decades, and in general they are having to produce more of it for less money than they did 10, 20, or 50 years ago. That's no excuse, however, for getting the basics wrong. DON'T...

  • EPA administrator Scott Pruitt  [photo from 2014]
    Pruitt's EPA emission rollback reasoning may well fail in court

    Despite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will happen immediately. His determination last week that the Obama administration was "incorrect" and that the limits on those...

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