President Donald Trump is reportedly "furious" that Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda signed an agreement with California to evenly reduce the amount of pollution emitted by their new cars, according to The New York Times . The deal directly contradicts (and potentially threatens) one of the cornerstones of his administration: an attempt to roll back even higher standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency under Barack Obama.
Trump allegedly even called other automakers – General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota – to the White House to push them to adhere to the administration's plan, according to The New York Times .
Car makers originally lobbied for Trump to relax the Obama era, both before and after his inauguration. But instead of just loosening the rules, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration eventually suggested what constitutes a full reversal of the Obama-era rule. The Trump administration's rule would freeze rising fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels (around 37 miles per gallon) and no longer hold automakers to the ultimate goal, which was an average fuel economy of more than 50 miles per gallon by model year 2025.  Trump The administration built its proposal around the idea that high standards from the Obama era would make new cars more expensive, pushing consumers to either buy older cars or stick to the ones they already own. Since older cars are usually less efficient and do not have the safety features of newer ones, the Trump administration is essentially a matter of trading the environmental benefits in the last five years of the Obama rule for potential cost savings upfront and a reduction in crash-related injuries and deaths.
Trump said just as much in a tweet Wednesday saying he is providing "politically correct car companies "the ability to lower the average price of a car by" more than $ 3,000, and at the same time make the cars significantly safer "(although EPA and NHTSA's proposals have nothing to do with making new cars safer) in exchange against "[v] there is little impact on the environment." He called car directors "foolish", though it is not explicitly clear whether he was referring to the ex. cutives by Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda.
Many experts disagree with the Trump administration's calculations. Some argue that potential savings on the sticker price of new cars are likely to be offset by the increased fuel costs during these vehicles, although gasoline prices remain low. With less fuel efficient cars, the reclamation could also bring hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into the air, increasing oil consumption by more than 1 billion barrels, according to EPA's own estimates.
"Clean car standards are the most effective policy we have in the books to combat climate change, and the transport sector is the country's largest source of carbon pollution causing climate change," the nonprofit Sierra Club said in a statement on Wednesday. "The Trump administration's pressure on filthy, less efficient vehicles will pump more carbon pollution into our air."
EPA and NHTSA are expected to unveil the final version of the back-up the Trump administration has promised once a year, but The New York Times reports that staff at these agencies "are struggling to put together a continuous technical and scientific analysis required by law to implement a regulatory change of this scope. "