President Donald Trump is reportedly "upset" that Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda reached an agreement with California to steadily reduce the amount of pollutants emitted by their new cars, according to The New York Times . The deal directly contradicts (and potentially threatens) one of the cornerstone's efforts for his administration: an attempt to restore even higher standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency under Barack Obama.
Trump even called other automakers – General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota – to the White House to pressure 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 government, both before and after his inauguration. But instead of simply loosening the regulations, the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ultimately proposed what amounts to a complete replay of the Obama-era rule. The Trump administration's rule would freeze rising fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels (about $ 37 per gallon) and no longer hold automakers to the final goal, which was an average fuel economy of more than $ 50 per gallon per model year 2025.  Trump The administration built its proposal around the idea that the high Obama-era standards would make new cars more expensive and pushed 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 essentially makes a case of trading the environmental gains during the last five years of the Obama rule for potential cost savings in advance and a reduction in crash-related injuries and deaths.
Trump said as much in a tweet on Wednesday saying he is providing "politically correct car companies "the possibility of lowering an average price of a car by" more than $ 3,000, but at the same time making the cars significantly safer "(although EPA and NHTSA's proposals have nothing to do with making new cars safer) in Exchanges with "[v] have little impact on the environment." He called vehicle leaders "stupid," but it is not explicitly clear if he was referring to the ex cutives of Ford, Volkswagen, BMW and Honda.
Many experts disagree with the Trump administration's calculations. Some argue that any savings on stickers for new cars would probably be offset by the increased fuel costs over the life of these vehicles, even if gas prices remain low. With less fuel-efficient cars, reconstruction can also bring hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into the air and increase 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 that causes climate change," the nonprofit Sierra Club said in a statement Wednesday. "The Trump administration's drive for dirtier, less efficient vehicles would pump more carbon pollution into our air."
EPA and NHTSA are expected to reveal the final version of the reconstruction promised by the Trump administration sometime this year, but The New York Times reports that employees at these agencies "are struggling to gather a coherent technical and scientific analysis required by law to effect a rule change in this scope. "