UPDATE: Pruitt-Led EPA Announces End Of Obama-Era Emissions Regulations

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But has no new regulations set in place just yet.

New regulations are set to be announced either late this month, next month or maybe even as far off as June. It seems the Pruitt-led EPA is not yet ready to lock down a date, month or perhaps even year yet, though it’s certain the current regulations put in place by Obama are “not appropriate.”

***UPDATE: As we predicted, CARB has issued a release in response to the EPA. Release further below.

Those “not appropriate” regulations include: boosting fuel economy to a fleet average of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025, or approximately 36 mpg in real-world driving.

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Now, before we expose some of the recently revealed details, let us go on record stating that any actions taken by Pruitt may be short-lived. Pruitt, along with President Trump, could potentially have a limited time in office. Changes such as this can generally be seen as temporary. With that being said, we expect a reversal of any Pruitt-announced changes to come under a future administration. In addition, automakers, both here and on the global scale, have far too much invested to backtrack now.

Read Also – Automakers Ask New EPA Chief Pruitt To Withdraw 2025 Emissions Targets

Moving on…

Here’s what Pruitt stated just moments ago:

“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong. Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.”

Of course, the full-on assault wouldn’t be complete without going after California’s own regulations too. From the release:

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA sets national standards for vehicle tailpipe emissions of certain pollutants. Through a CAA waiver granted by EPA, California can impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions of certain pollutants than federal requirements. The California waiver is still being reexamined by EPA under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership. 

“Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country. EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford — while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars. It is in America’s best interest to have a national standard, and we look forward to partnering with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard,” said Administrator Pruitt.

You’d better believe that California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols will launch a massive offensive against any action that may seek reverse the state’s clean air standards.

This process will be tedious and ongoing for a long, long time. Don’t expect to see any immediate changes.

CARB response below:

CARB Chair Issues Response to EPA press release on weakening vehicle standards

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols issued the following statement in response to the press release issued by EPA about weakening the standards for cars and light trucks, model years 2022-2025.

“This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program. EPA’s action, if implemented, will worsen people’s health with degraded air quality and undermine regulatory certainty for automakers.

This decision takes the U.S. auto industry backward, and we will vigorously defend the existing clean vehicle standards and fight to preserve one national clean vehicle program.

Meanwhile, today’s decision changes nothing in California and the 12 other states with clean car rules that reduce emissions and improve gas mileage—those rules remain in place. California will not weaken its nationally accepted clean car standards, and automakers will continue to meet those higher standards, bringing better gas mileage and less pollution for everyone.”

CARB Chair, Mary D. Nichols

CARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The CARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

Press blast from the EPA below:

EPA Administrator Pruitt: GHG Emissions Standards for Cars and Light Trucks Should Be Revised

04/02/2018

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2018) — Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt is announcing the completion of the Midterm Evaluation (MTE) process for the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025, and his final determination that, in light of recent data, the current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. Administrator Pruitt is also announcing the start of a joint process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a notice and comment rulemaking to set more appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. 

“The Obama Administration’s determination was wrong,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Obama’s EPA cut the Midterm Evaluation process short with politically charged expediency, made assumptions about the standards that didn’t comport with reality, and set the standards too high.”

Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA sets national standards for vehicle tailpipe emissions of certain pollutants. Through a CAA waiver granted by EPA, California can impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions of certain pollutants than federal requirements. The California waiver is still being reexamined by EPA under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership. 

“Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country. EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford — while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars. It is in America’s best interest to have a national standard, and we look forward to partnering with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard,” said Administrator Pruitt.

Additional Background

As part of the 2012 rulemaking establishing the model year 2017-2025 light-duty vehicle GHG standards, EPA made a regulatory commitment to conduct a MTE of the standards for MY 2022-2025 no later than April 1, 2018. This evaluation would determine whether the standards remain appropriate or should be made more, or less stringent.  

In November 2016, the Obama Administration short-circuited the MTE process and rushed out their final determination on January 12, 2017, just days before leaving office. Since then, the auto industry and other stakeholders sought a reinstatement of the original MTE timeline, so that the Agency could review the latest information. 

EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a reestablishment of the MTE process in March 2017. And, in August 2017, EPA reopened the regulatory docket and asked for additional information and data relevant to assessing whether the GHG emissions standards remain appropriate, including information on: consumer behavior, feedback on modeling approaches, and assessing advanced fuels technologies. EPA also held a public hearing on this topic.  

 

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64 Comments on "UPDATE: Pruitt-Led EPA Announces End Of Obama-Era Emissions Regulations"

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WadeTyhon
Automakers probably have reined in the out of control Trump administration. Originally they plan was to announce changes this week. Instead this is just lip service from Pruitt. Mary Barra stated that she felt the fuel economy standards needed to better consider Autonomous Vehicles and Electric vehicles. Other automakers have said they wanted to earn more “off-cycle credits” for start-stop systems. Robert Bienenfeld from Honda says “We didn’t ask for that” when asked about reports that the Trump admin was going to roll back the emissions standards. “The position we outlined was sensible.” They felt that the proposals they came up with better considered the technological changes between initial negotiations. And they felt that California would be on board with them. The beauty of the current setup is that CARB says “if you meet federal emissions standards, you meet our emissions standards.” Essentially this is in fact a single standard. If the EPA comes out with an actual new set of weakened standards, CARB would likely no longer accept national standards. And would likely have raised standards in California. This would make it truly a 2-tiered system and would hurt automakers. Trump would have been the one to instigate the… Read more »
Assaf

Are we reading the same article as you?

WadeTyhon

Yep, but nothing specific was announced, correct?

Initial reports last week said that today was going to be where they would outline changes to emissions rules. But nothing actually was announced other than they’re changing.

Considering the potential legal fight with California, automakers are concerned about uncertainty and two standards. If Cafe requirements are significantly rolled back, CARB will smack the hammer down and make things harder on automakers.

So, in the past week, all automaker statements have been unanimously negative towards the idea of any major changes to emissions standards. They want minor tweaks and want CARB to agree to them just like the current standards were agreed to.

So I think whatever changes that do occur will be very minor lip service to trump and Pruitt’s dear sweet oil industry.

Just my opinion of how it will play out.

It’s true that all that was announced was the start of rule making proceedings which may result in changing the standards. However, And yes the Trump Administartion is mostly about nothing burger rules (case in point the South Korea trade deal or the tariffs). However, Pruitt is pure evil, so I wouldn’t underestimate his resolve.

Keep in mind this is mostly about trucks. The standards for cars has already ramped up. The standards for trucks have not. US companies don’t sell many trucks abroad, so the impact on their global business is limited.

WadeTyhon

“However, Pruitt is pure evil, so I wouldn’t underestimate his resolve.”

This is very true! Certainly Pruitt is in bed with *oil* more than with the *auto* industry.

But automakers have been deeply involved in recent weeks and EPA officials and CARB officials have been in talks in recent weeks as well.

Auto Alliance response: “We look forward to working with key stakeholders and the state of California once EPA and NHTSA begin” crafting new regulations.”

The auto industry does not want CARB and CAFE tensions to escalate. CARB states make up over 40% of all auto sales in the US. The courts have always sided with CARB. And CARB has promised to increase standards further if the national standards are significantly weakened.

So seriously weakened national standards means stricter standards for automakers.

AlanSqB

Exactly. If weakened, CARB will just double down. Another backfire from the backfire president.

Nix

“Auto Alliance response: “We look forward to working with key stakeholders and the state of California once EPA and NHTSA begin” crafting new regulations.” ”

You are reading this wrong. This is them saying they will NOT be working with CARB once the EPA kills CARB. They are very much intentionally leaving out CARB. And the new regulations they are talking about crafting is the 50 state new regulation they want that leaves out CARB. CARB doesn’t need to craft new regulations with Pruit, they already have regs.

WadeTyhon

Then why is Mary Nichols using a lot of the same language as the automakers? Especially the desire go preserve ‘one national clean vehicle program’?

‘This decision takes the U.S. auto industry backward, and we will vigorously defend the existing clean vehicle standards and fight to preserve one national clean vehicle program.

Meanwhile, today’s decision changes nothing in California and the 12 other states with clean car rules that reduce emissions and improve gas mileage—those rules remain in place. California will not weaken its nationally accepted clean car standards, and automakers will continue to meet those higher standards, bringing better gas mileage and less pollution for everyone.’

Right now automakers can meet federal emissions standards and be considered compliant with CARB. If CAFE is weakened then they will not only need to meet ZEV standards but also CARB emission standards.

Seems like a step back for automakers. Right now they have a simple national standard.

pjwood1

So much for “State’s Rights”, huh Pruitt? He wants one standard, that serves the dozen states that drill, and the automakers that collude (AAM).

All Socialists.

Michael543

He’s such an ash hole.

Clive

I call him… Scott Prick!

And Obama is singing… “How you like me now”

Kdawg

LOL, I was going to point out the same irony. The guy who sued the EPA multiple times because the big bad Federal government trying to tell his state what to do, is now head of that department, and he’s trying to tell states what to do.

(facepalm)

scott franco

Good. The EPA should stop following California into bankruptcy. I don’t see any of California’s lawsuits against the feds panning out, but good luck to them.

CARB can set its own rules in California, that’s a good thing. They seem less corrupt and industry owned than in the past, and California is leading the way in clean air and clean energy.

As a California conservative, I can be for both. Yes, there are California conservatives. I know both of the other ones. Nice guys all.

Mark.ca

What bankruptcy? CA rainy day fund is fat as a Christmas pig. Get the hell out!

ffbj

Right. Isn’t it in the top 10 economies of the world, including countries.

Mark.ca

#6….but some don’t know how to count so why bother.

scott

You should check out Liberia. Really low taxes there.

DonC

The big impetus behind CARB was Ronald Reagan, so of course you can be a conservative and support CARB.

The reason CARB gets special treatment under the Clean Air Act , and why the statute expressly allows California to set a higher standard, is that CARB predates the EPA and the Clean Air Act.

darth

I love this part: “his final determination that, in light of recent data, the current standards are not appropriate”

What data? Does he mean https://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/ ?

cause that data ain’t gettin any better.

Mark.ca

They get their data by reading tea leaves….as good as any other data he has used before.

Michael543

All of their tea leaves have $ on them.

Mark.ca

See people, this is why sometimes you have to vote for the lesser evil, as much as it hurts to do so. There standards got built up in many years during both dems and reps presidents. Such a shame to see them tossed away just because a fat pig wants to get fatter. We allowed lobbying and now the chickens come home to roost. As long as we keep allowing “our” politicians to get bribed by the corporations we can’t expect any laws to be passed that affect their bottom line, even if we all have to support the consequences.
It’s time for IEV’s to repost the article and remind everyone which manufacturers wrote Trump to ax the regulations. I will respond with my wallet on my next car purchase.

Mister G

The sad part is that most trump supporters will go out and buy gas guzzling trucks, SUVs, etc and when the next oil price spike hits they will be whining and blaming liberals LOL

Vexar

Enterprise Petroleum Agency.

Priutt is in bed with the fossil fuel industry. He spent $120,000 of our money to try and sell liquefied natural gas to Morocco. He got a sweetheart deal on an apartment from a natural gas lobbyist.

He was literally sleeping in their bed.

He works for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bill Howland
Interesting Subject today on Rush Limbaugh – hey truth is where you find it…. Synopsis from his official Website: “.. Climate Change Wackos Exposed in California Court Apr 2, 2018 RUSH: Trump backs out of the Paris accords. Oh, do we have news on climate change today based on what happened in a courtroom in California. Let me give you the bare upshot of this. There’s a lawsuit being filed against the fossil fuel companies like Exxon and Texaco and — there’s five of ’em. And the suit has been brought by environmentalist wackos. They claim that all of these fossil fuel companies know that they are destroying the planet and are hiding the evidence. They claim in their lawsuit that they know that their business is creating the circumstances that cause climate change. So they filed this massive lawsuit. The judge in this case decided to have a little seminar before the trial actually began. And the climate change environmentalist wackos thought, “Oh, my God, this is a godsend. We’re gonna get to go in and we’re gonna rip these people a new one even before the trial begins.” But what happened was the judge is an educated and… Read more »
DonC

It might be time for Rush to put the crack pipe down. This wasn’t a trial, it was just a primer on global warming. As far as human created climate change is concerned, the oil companies admitted this to be true:

“An attorney for Chevron, Theodore Boutrous, also presented, saying the oil giant does not dispute the findings of an international panel of scientists that it is extremely likely people are the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-1900s.”

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/judge-holds-climate-change-class-suits-big-oil-53896897

Perhaps there is a nice rock that all the whacko climate change deniers can crawl back under?

Bill Howland

Yeah that is when I got MAD AT THE BIG OIL COMPANIES.
The former long time EXXON CEO used to vehemently deny AGW, but then Rex Tillerson was put in to ‘Accept present day political realities’, and the oil companies all caved when Exxon finally did. The method behind their madness was they were hoping to gain a competitive advantage over COAL COMPANIES which, by and large, they *DO NOT* own. Since OIL is the ‘swing fuel’, if people cannot use coal they must use oil and methane instead – now THAT they sell.

I wouldn’t have caved. I don’t look it, but I would have been categorized as just another ‘Old War Horse that should be put out to pasture’, as was done with the former CEO.

Bill Howland

DonC: “… This wasn’t a trial, it was just a primer on global warming…”.

If you look at my first comment I already said that.

Mark.ca

How is it that all you dumbos miss that fact that all previous climate oscillations took extended periods of time to develop hence giving all the living things a chance to adapt and survive. How is it that you don’t see this as a key difference between what happened in the past and what is happening now?

Bill Howland

Its a somewhat complex subject which I rarely broach unless something somewhat humorous happens, which happened today. Rush is too self-important (but that is part of his “schtick”), and I don’t think he is totally for real, but some things are funny, when he goes “STOP THE TAPE !!!” .

But to your point, I usually don’t discuss it here since you and (mostly others) cannot calmly discuss facts, you have to insult. But I stand behind anything I have personally said in the past, something which cannot be said for the louder people on here because I catch them contradicting themselves over time.

offib

+1
For reasons of being concise, avoiding use of FULL CAPS and correct.

I elect thee as king of the thread.

Mark.ca

“Interesting Subject today on Rush Limbaugh – hey truth is where you find it….”
If one was to quote Rush on here it had to be you…your personal new low. Congrats!

Benz

I was watching CNN when the election results of each of the states were being announced.

Clinton got about two million more votes than Trump (in absolute total).

And still Trump managed to win the elections.

That is so stupid.

Maybe it’s time to think about that.

I believe that the majority of Americans will never make such a blunder again. But all votes must be treated equal and added to one final total.

Please do something about your electoral system.

One really good way to get a rule thrown out is to announce the result before you start the process. Almost guaranteed.

On the California waiver, the waiver is like a roach motel. You can grant it, but, once granted, there isn’t even a legal process available to revoke it. As for California not being able to dictate national standards, from day one the Clean Air Act has expressly allowed it to set its own standards and allows other states to follow that standard. If that effectively allows California to set a national standard, then that’s what Congress intended.

menorman

That’s why there has been noise about attacking the waiver at the Congressional level and completely stripping that authority from CARB.

Rebel44

GOP doesn’t have enough votes to get such idea even past a committee, let alone make it pass Senate vote.

Nix

That is actually the only way they could legally do it. Changing the clean air act to instantly block CARB would be a one-line repeal change. I’m fully expecting they attempt to stuff it into some big bill where they all go “how did that get there??” after it has been passed.

President GW Bush and his administration are starting to look better and better every day….Compared to what we have now.

Pushmi-Pullyu

Indeed. I thought that “W” was easily the worst president in my lifetime (which started in the mid-1950s), but the current administration makes me long for the “Golden Days” when the “W” administration was merely trying to shred the Bill of Rights, not the entire Constitution! “W”, for all his faults, and all his tendency to see the world as he wanted it to be rather than as it really was, did not try to make himself dictator, as El Trumpo is.

DonC

Meh. The best thing the EPS during the W Administration did was refuse to regulate CO2. That caused Massachusetts to sue, resulting in the Supreme Court ruling that the EPA has to regulate CO2. Which of course leads to the current standards which Pruitt wants to roll back.

Not sure how that is better exactly.

offib

*cough* *cough*
W’hudda thunk it?

ffbj

In the in ensuing lawsuits I will put my money on CA.
They should use the same tactics Pruitt has used multiple times to not comply with orders from the EPA.
Tie it up in the courts.
In fact the precedents he helped create can now be used against the agency he fallaciously represents.
Primo Jerk, bought and paid for by Big Oil.

The Clean Air Act allows California to set their own auto standards which can be stricter than the national auto standards. Therefore, the law anticipates two standards, but not three or four or more. So, California is not establishing national standards. It is the auto companies that don’t want to have to make two different kinds of cars. They want one national standard. That’s why they Lobby to get the national and the CA standard to be equal.

menorman

There currently is one national standard and in essence, they just want it weakened without a separate CARB standard continuing to exist.

Nix

There are plenty of cars that have a California version. BMW is the first to come to mind who does this.

Don Zenga

This is expected. With oil prices increasing, the automakers will be forced to sell more fuel efficient vehicles.

silversod

What a major league Richard Head.

Pushmi-Pullyu
Wannabe dictator El Trumpo will almost certainly be out of office by mid-2019, if not before. Either he will get tired of his “White House reality show” and resign, or else he will be impeached, convicted, and thrown out of office by the coming lopsided Democratic majority in Congress. But either way, that leaves veep Mike Pence in as President. He’s even more dedicated to the hard-right political cause than El Trumpo is. We can expect many things to improve with Pence in charge, but not the dismantling of the EPA. It would not at all surprise me if Pence left Pruitt in charge of the EPA, despite the fact that Pruitt’s very clear goal is to destroy as much of the EPA as possible. If Pence does replace Pruitt, it will almost certainly be with someone almost equally as hostile to the purpose of the EPA. No, I think it’s almost inevitable that we will have to wait until after the next Presidential election, in 2020, to get a new head of the EPA who will reverse the currently destructive course set by El Trumpo and his gang of… well, rather than contribute even more to the climate of… Read more »
Ambulator

Donald impeached? Plausible. Convicted? Not based on current evidence. It takes two-thirds to convict.

Ron M

When Scott Pruitt became in charge of the EPA. I thought there couldn’t be a worse head of the EPA. Of course at one time I didn’t think there could be a worse President than Bush; but I found out 8 years after Bush left office. Yes there can be a President worse than Bush.
While I hope Trump sends Pruitt a tweet that he’s fired I don’t think anything Pruitt can do that will cause Trump to be fired until he completely eliminates all the good things Obama did and even previous Presidents.
Once that is accomplished Pruitt will be unceremoniously tweeted out of office. Just like Cohn was after the TAX Plan was passed. Trump will then find someone possibly even worse than Pruitt.
It feels like Trump has already been in office for over 8 years.

ElktroVanz

That is unbelievable, I never imagined that America will become like Rusia, a country in development with thousands of nukes and near dictator president, very sad to see the end of such of great country.

Ben

I had to stop reading after the comment that Trump and Pruitt would have a short career in government. That is something that cannot be predicted or promised anymore than his presidency was. I absolutely think our government is at one of its lowest ebbs. But Trump is only a symptom. Notice it is very easy for him to find not bad, but horrible choices and congress really isn’t concerned about the majority of them. And CARB protection Is Not Absolute!!! Think about that before we count ourselves safe from this 21st version of Adolph. Remember too Adolph wooed and won even the Christian Church in Germany until it was much too late.

Michael

Says something when Obama is mentioned 3 times in the press releases but Trump isn’t mentioned at all. Seems like Obama and Hillary are driving this administration’s agenda.

Steven

Close, it’s the memory of Obama, and the threat of Hillary.

Long story short, if it could be proven that one of Obama’s ancestors invented gasoline and diesel, we’d have electric everything inside of two years.

Mark.ca

Lol!
You are on to something here! …and it’s not like they don’t like fake new so it’s probably worth a shot.

Adoreizi

Reminds me of who killed the electric car?. Except this time, CARB, governor brown, future governor newsom, and the majority of Sacramento will not budge an inch on this. The EPA means nothing to California. We write our own environmental rules (ie CEQA).

Steven

Next up, Leaded Gasoline makes a comeback.

FFS, what part of the Environment is that fool “Protecting”? The environment of hyper-profitability?

I’m thinking that every asthmatic person in the country should get in on a class action lawsuit against him.

jelloslug

Looks like Pruitt is now being investigated by the White House for taking kickbacks. Just how corrupt do you have to be to be caught by the Trump White House?

CDAVIS

Less stringent MPG requirements will translate to less sense of urgency by traditional car makers to sunset ICE in favor of EV… which will result in Tesla eating even more of the traditional car maker’s market share… how ironic.

CDAVIS

@OP said: “President Trump (certainly), have a limited time in office…”
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I’m disappointed to see INSIDEEVs inject this type of political bias into its news reporting be it biased either political side.

Thank you for pointing it out. It has been an extremely overwhelming day getting stories and sales out. I reworded it to better suggest what I believe he was trying to say.

CDAVIS

+1

Bill Howland

So-called “Media” Coverage of Anything Trump has been at least 90% negative. Meanwhile his approval rating just went from 27% to 50% in spite of all that.

I personally don’t trust him, but I can’t think of any better politician at the moment currently holding office in this country, sorry to say.

That said, the criticism lately of Scott Pruit by the LameStreamMedia has been pathetic. He is being lamblasted for taking a few days to cancel a salary increase by subordinates – and has been chastised that he didn’t know about it sooner. Talk about grasping at straws (!)

Now me, I’m just happy he cancelled the increase of the already overblown fed gov’t salaries, on average paying Double the equivalent job in private industry. No shortage of cushy jobs in former administrations.

Also he is being chastised for accepting privately funded trips, or traveling first-class to various functions – when the FORMER administrator took plenty of $40,000 to $70,000 trips and no one said a word. Obviously, a double-standard.