Weekly Primer: In Argument For Deregulation, Trump Admin Says Dirtier Cars Will Save Lives
The Trump administration wants more gas guzzlers. In a long-anticipated effort to to roll back the Obama administration’s emissions standards, Trump’s EPA and Department of Transportation argued — they really did — that providing a more lax standard would lower the price of new cars, in turn saving lives because, they reason, crashes will occur between less fuel-efficient (heavier) vehicles that still have modern safety standards. “At first glance, this proposal completely misrepresents costs and savings. It also relies on bizarre assumptions about consumer behavior to make its case on safety,” California Air Resources Board Chair Mary D. Nichols told Vox. The administration also wants to limit states’ rights to make their own standards, to which California and several other states have already said, We’ll see you in court. The Trump nominee to lead the EPA’s Superfund cleanup program once represented Dow Chemical in it’s own giant chemical mess, a story explored in a New York Times profile this week. Environmental and…
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