EPA’s fuel economy rollback is false move for climate

Aug 03, 2018, 8:24 AM EDT
(Source: Marcus Södervall/flickr)
(Source: Marcus Södervall/flickr)

An uptick in carbon emissions is a racing certainty after the Trump administration decided to roll back the Obama-era 2020 fuel-efficiency standards on Thursday, defending the move as one designed to make safer cars more affordable.

The overhaul of the fuel economy regulations also proposes to end California’s ability to set its own rules under the Clean Air Act, putting the Trump administration at loggerheads with the state and setting the stage for a legal battle, notes Vox.

The new rule proposal could have ravaging effects on the climate, adding an extra 130 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2030, reports Earther. The move may spur other countries “to be less ambitious” in setting fuel efficiency standards further defeating the cause of climate action.