The Biden administration has proposed its most ambitious vehicle mileage goals, raising standards of small trucks and cars, while reverseing a Trump era rollback.
TheFinal ruleThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Monday’s release, stated that the federal government will require cars and other light-duty vehicles achieve a 40 mpg standard over the next five year.
This is slightly more than the 32-mile per gallon that the Trump administration requires in 2020, and slightly more than the original goal of 38 miles per gal set forth by the Biden administration.
The EPA standards will apply to model years 2023-2026. They are expected to prevent more than 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to the majority national carbon dioxide emissions between now and 2050.
Transportation of all types is responsible for approximately 28 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
The Trump-era policy of allowing states to adopt stricter emissions rules than the federal government was reversed by the Biden administration. The stricter standards set forth by California have been adopted by 14 states and the District of Columbia.
The final EPA rule is 10 grams more strict than the Aug. 10 draft. This in addition to tightening Trump-era emission standards. According to an analysis by the Environmental Protection Network they would cut emissions by about 28 percent during the time the standards are in effect.
Environmental advocacy groups had strongly lobbied for tightening of the rule during the comment period.
The final rule for light duty cars reflects the core principles of this Administration. “We followed the science, listened, and now we are setting strong and rigorous standards that will aggressively lower the pollution that is causing so much harm to the planet and save families money,” EPA Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganEPA to direct billions in infrastructure money to Superfund Sites Biden states that the US must not give hate or racism’safe harbor” in address to HBCU graduates The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Mastercard. BBB negotiations hit tension pointIn a statement
EPA’s priority is public health, particularly in overburdened areas, and responding to President Obama’s ambitious climate agenda. Today, we make a huge step forward in achieving these goals, and pave the way to an all-electric, low-emission transportation future.
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