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Blog entryShowdown in Trans Pecos: Texas Ranchers Stand Up to Billionaires' Export Pipeline Ben Jervey01 month 4 days ago
Blog entryTrump Administration Officially Proposes Rolling Back Clean Car Standards Ben Jervey01 month 2 weeks ago
Blog entryTrump Administration to Halt Clean Car Standards, Revoke California's Right to Regulate Ben Jervey01 month 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThese Auto Industry Companies Are Demanding Strong Clean Car Standards, Despite Trump Ben Jervey02 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryPoll by Former Koch Lobbyist Skews Public Support for Clean Cars, Electric Vehicles Mark Renburke02 months 4 weeks ago
Blog entryColorado Adopts California Clean Car Standards in Defiance of Trump Admin Ben Jervey02 months 4 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Doubt Machine: Documentary Explores Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science Ben Jervey03 months 1 week ago
Blog entryRick Perry and Bob Murray Renew Conservative Call to Subsidize Coal Ben Jervey03 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryOn Rollbacks, Automakers Tell Trump 'Not So Fast,' Kochs Say 'Burn More Gas' Ben Jervey04 months 4 days ago
Blog entry17 States Sue EPA Over Pruitt's Decision to Weaken Auto Standards Ben Jervey04 months 2 weeks ago
SeriesKoch vs Clean Ben Jervey04 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryCNN Wrongly Blames Electric Cars for Unethical Cobalt Mining Ben Jervey04 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryFord Touts 'Green' Image While Arguing for Weaker Efficiency Standards and Planning to Sell Only Trucks Ben Jervey04 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryYet Another Koch Cadet Hired to Push Fossil Fuels at Trump's Energy Department Ben Jervey04 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryThe Trump Administration Is Filling Up With Koch Allies Ben Jervey04 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryAnother Renewable Energy Basher and Koch Network Alum Joins Trump's Department of Energy Ben Jervey04 months 4 weeks ago
Blog entryKoch vs. California: These Groups Are Pushing Pruitt to Undo the State’s Right to Regulate Auto Emissions Ben Jervey04 months 4 weeks ago
RoguePower the Future Ben Jervey05 months 3 days ago
Blog entryThe Energy Equality Coalition's Koch-Fueled Attack on the Federal Electric Car Tax Credit Ben Jervey05 months 5 days ago
Blog entryPruitt, Auto Industry, and Climate Deniers Retreat Behind Closed Doors to Weaken Fuel Efficiency Targets Ben Jervey05 months 1 week ago
Blog entryClimate Science Denier Myron Ebell Explains How the Trump Team Will Gut the EPA, Abandon the Paris Agreement Ben Jervey05 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryAuto Alliance Pushed Climate Denial to Get Trump Admin to Abandon Obama Fuel Efficiency Standards Ben Jervey05 months 2 weeks ago
Blog entryTrump's Team Tells EPA "Changes Will Likely Come" as Leaked Plan Highlights "Problems with EPA Science" Ben Jervey06 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryEPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Gets Grilled on Fossil Fuel Ties at Confirmation Hearing Ben Jervey and ...06 months 3 weeks ago
Blog entryKoch-funded Group, Fueling US Forward, Echoes America Rising Squared in Misleading Attack on Electric Cars Ben Jervey07 months 21 hours ago

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Trump Administration Officially Proposes Rolling Back Clean Car Standards

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Trump in truck

In a long expected move, the Trump administration announced Thursday morning that it is proposing to weaken the Obama-era clean car emissions and fuel efficiency standards, and that it will seek to limit California's authority to set tougher standards.

The proposal, first reported last week, comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and suggests freezing fuel economy targets at 2020 levels through 2026, along with a number of other less-preferred options.

Trump Administration to Halt Clean Car Standards, Revoke California's Right to Regulate

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The Trump administration will announce plans this week to revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles, according to inside sources quoted by Bloomberg.

This directly contradicts comments made by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) air chief, William Wehrum, who said in January that the agency had “no interest whatsoever in withdrawing CA's authority to regulate.”

Colorado Adopts California Clean Car Standards in Defiance of Trump Admin

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Colorado truck license plate

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that his state would join 13 states and the District of Columbia in adopting California’s clean car emissions standards.

Colorado has a choice,” Gov. Hickenlooper said in a statement. “This executive order calls for the state to adopt air quality standards that will protect our quality of life in Colorado. Low emissions vehicles are increasingly popular with consumers and are better for our air. Every move we make to safeguard our environment is a move in the right direction.”

These Auto Industry Companies Are Demanding Strong Clean Car Standards, Despite Trump

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Average MPG on a dashboard

There’s a major sector of the automobile industry that is unwavering in its support of strong clean car standards: auto parts manufacturers.

Carmakers, through the powerful Auto Alliance trade group, have flip-flopped on fuel economy and emissions targets for cars and light duty trucks — claiming they aren’t for rollbacks even after lobbying for them. On the other hand, auto parts suppliers have consistently argued on behalf of strong national standards, going against the direction currently pursued by the Trump administration.

On Rollbacks, Automakers Tell Trump 'Not So Fast,' Kochs Say 'Burn More Gas'

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Trump and Pence meet with automaker industry leaders

It’s a classic case of be careful what you wish for. Automakers asked the Trump administration to weaken emissions and efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, and are now anxious about just how much the Trump administration actually plans to weaken the standards.

On Friday, May 12, heads of car companies visited the White House, to make the awkward request that Trump not actually give them what they asked for.

17 States Sue EPA Over Pruitt's Decision to Weaken Auto Standards

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EPA union employees and supporters hold signs protesting Pruitt

It didn’t take long for the first legal challenges be filed against the Trump administration’s recent move to weaken automobile emissions standards. On April 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew the Obama-era decision to retain the greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks for model years 2022-2025. On Tuesday, 17 states and the District of Columbia sued the agency, challenging Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision.

The lawsuit is short and direct — only 122 words, including the names of the 17 states — petitioning the District of Columbia Circuit Court to review EPA’s decision under the Clean Air Act.

Pruitt’s decision was immediately applauded by the oil industry and car companies through the powerful Auto Alliance trade group. It was simultaneously bashed by environmental and consumers’ rights groups who criticized the agency for replacing a comprehensive review by the Obama EPA with a shallow analysis that borrowed the auto industry’s talking points.

CNN Wrongly Blames Electric Cars for Unethical Cobalt Mining

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A foreman holds cobalt in his hand in Rwanda

This week, CNN published a startling multimedia report on cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The investigation revealed troubling conditions in so-called “artisanal” cobalt mines, where hand mining operations are carried out with a combination of unsafe working conditions and child labor. As is all too often the case with resource extraction — whether for cobalt in Congo, oil in Ecuador, or coal in West Virginia — unsafe, unhealthy local labor practices deserve media exposure.

Unfortunately, CNN’s promotion of the investigation and headline misappropriate the blame, leaving casual readers to conclude that electric vehicles are responsible for these awful labor conditions.

Ford Touts 'Green' Image While Arguing for Weaker Efficiency Standards and Planning to Sell Only Trucks

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Mustang tailpipe

Ford Motor Company would really like the public to believe that it supports strong emissions and efficiency standards for personal vehicles. Just ask Board Chair Bill Ford and President and CEO Jim Hackett, who recently wrote: “We support increasing clean car standards through 2025 and are not asking for a rollback.”

However, a “rollback” is exactly what EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in his own language, has promised, and his planned rewrite of auto emissions standards has been guided almost exclusively by the input of Ford and other automakers through the powerful Alliance of Auto Manufacturers (the Auto Alliance).

Rick Perry and Bob Murray Renew Conservative Call to Subsidize Coal

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Bob Murray

Conservative rancor toward the free market in energy systems was on full display this week, as both Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and coal magnate Robert Murray made loud, unapologetic calls to subsidize coal-fired power plants.

We don’t have a free market in the [electricity] industry, and I’m not sure you want one,” Perry said Monday at the BNEF Future of Energy Summit.

Speaking on Tuesday, Murray, CEO of the country's largest underground mining company, said that Perry “has to approve” an emergency bailout for coal and nuclear plants in order to “ensure the resilience, reliability, and security of the grid.”

Koch vs. California: These Groups Are Pushing Pruitt to Undo the State’s Right to Regulate Auto Emissions

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Los Angeles traffic backed up

A coalition of conservative groups, many with close ties to the Koch brothers, are calling for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to strip California of its right to set stricter greenhouse gas limits for personal vehicles.

Not satisfied with Pruitt’s decision to rewrite the Obama-era emissions standards — which had been written cooperatively with the automakers, state of California, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and EPA — the American Consumer Institute (ACI) organized a letter to Pruitt calling “for the revocation of California’s waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows the state to decouple from federal policy and impose strict emission standards on automobiles.”

When asked about this threat on the sidelines of the BNEF Future of Energy Summit, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols, told Desmog, “I don't think they're going to do that.”

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