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Better fuel efficiency means fuel savings.
“Proposal to freeze fuel economy emissions standards would raise consumers’ gasoline costs by $55 billion in 2040, cut auto industry jobs, increase global warming pollution…
“The fuel economy emissions standards are projected to save nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil a day by 2030, around as much oil as we currently import from OPEC countries every day, save consumers over $1 trillion, and reduce global warming pollution by six billion metric tons. Since reaching an historic agreement with the Obama administration and state leaders, the auto industry has gone from the brink of economic disaster to record auto sales in 2015 and 2016, including adding 700,000 U.S. jobs.” (US Senator Markey). There would also be public health impacts.
Who benefits from the Trump Admin policy?
Big oil companies like Exxon, BP, Shell, Chevron, but also foreign government owned ones such as Russia’s Rosneft, Saudi Aramco, Mexico’s Pemex, and Venezuela PDVSA/CITGO, Brazil’s Petrobras, etc.
Refineries and pipeline companies also benefit. Refiners in the United States include companies like Valero, Marathon, ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell Group, Phillips66, Andeaver, Chevron, PBF Energy, PDV America-CITGO (owned by Venezuela), BP, Saudi Aramco-Motiva (owned by Saudi Arabia), Koch, Carlyle, Access Industries, and many more. Access Industries is owned by major Republican-Trump donor, Len Blavatnik, who ties many Trump-Russia threads together. He is Russian born, but doesn’t like to be called oligarch, so in good old American tradition, we will call him the more apt robber baron, instead.
US “Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Block Trump Admin. Efforts to Roll Back Fuel Economy Emissions Standards
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Proposal to freeze fuel economy emissions standards would raise consumers’ gasoline costs by $55 billion in 2040, cut auto industry jobs, increase global warming pollution
Washington (April 3, 2019) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today reintroduced the Greener Air Standards Mean Our National Security, Environment, and Youth (GAS MONEY) Saved Act, legislation that would block efforts by Trump administration officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) to roll back strong fuel economy emissions standards.
This legislation highlights the benefits of the existing fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards and the dangerous impacts of the proposed rule released by the EPA and NHTSA last August. The GAS MONEY Saved Act would reinstate the 2012 fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emission standards rule—which was reaffirmed by an extensive technical assessment report in 2016—and prevent EPA Administrator Wheeler from weakening the standards. This proposed rule is being challenged by a coalition of 20 attorneys general and has been questioned by several major auto companies.
Other Senators co-sponsoring the legislation include Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
“Consumers, our national security, and the environment all benefit from the strong fuel economy emissions standards the Trump administration wants to repeal,” said Senator Markey. “Instead of fostering the kind of innovation and American competitiveness that come with more efficient cars, the EPA and NHTSA are doing the bidding of Big Oil and putting us in reverse.
Fuel economy emissions standards are the single greatest action ever taken by any nation to fight climate change. At a time when we still import more than 2.5 million barrels of oil a day from OPEC, Congress should block any attempt by the Trump administration to make a U-turn on these standards and the ability that California and other states like Massachusetts have under the Clean Air Act to put strong standards in place. The GAS MONEY Saved Act will save American families money at the pump, combat the climate crisis, protect auto industry jobs, and help end our reliance on foreign oil.”
“Every American deserves clean air and clean water, yet this administration has taken drastic steps to undermine the clean car standards put in place to protect public health and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Senator Harris. “We must preserve these important standards and recommit ourselves to securing the environment for future generations.”
A copy of the GAS MONEY Saved Act can be found HERE.
The fuel economy emissions standards are projected to save nearly 2.5 million barrels of oil a day by 2030, around as much oil as we currently import from OPEC countries every day, save consumers over $1 trillion, and reduce global warming pollution by six billion metric tons. Since reaching an historic agreement with the Obama administration and state leaders, the auto industry has gone from the brink of economic disaster to record auto sales in 2015 and 2016, including adding 700,000 U.S. jobs.
It should be noted that if the United States continues to allow approximately 1 million legal immigrants per year energy needs will increase, accordingly. Contrary to promises, Trump wishes to increase legal migration. Jeff Sessions promised to reduce legal and illegal immigration, but he’s long gone.
You can’t be pro-Trump and be an environmentalist. Nor can you be pro-immigration and be an environmentalist. The United States is full and overflowing. The impacts of half a century of virtually unfettered immigration are devastating, and will get worse for awhile, even if immigration were cut to zero.
“Vehicle manufacturers must meet fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for vehicles sold in the United States… NHTSA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program and EPA’s light-duty vehicle GHG emissions program set standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles. By Model Year (MY) 2025, these vehicles must meet an estimated combined average fuel economy of 48.7 to 49.7 miles per gallon or higher. The standards provide flexibility to manufacturers, including the ability to earn credits for alternative fuel vehicles. ” http://web.archive.org/web/20160421200200/https://afdc.energy.gov/laws/385
Here’s what the Guardian says about Access Industries owner Len Blavatnik: “Blavatnik, a UK and US citizen, was knighted for his philanthropy this year. His links to Vladimir Putin’s Russia and controversy in his business background mean criticism has often followed his donations….” https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/03/len-blavatnik-oligarch-controversy-philanthropy-resignation-oxford-professor This is a conservative (as in cautious) article as it was apparently put through the wringer by Blavatnik’s lawyer. For instance, the Guardian was made to apologize for calling Blavatnik a Putin pal in an earlier version. Blavatnik lawyers argue that he’s not an oligarch. The Guardian disagrees: “Further, Sir Leonard Blavatnik’s lawyers have informed the Guardian that the term “oligarch” in his view does not apply to him. The Guardian editor-in-chief disagrees.” See: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/03/len-blavatnik-oligarch-controversy-philanthropy-resignation-oxford-professor. For the following article, as well, Blavatnik’s lawyers contacted the Guardian:
“Oxford University criticised for accepting oligarch’s £75m donation
Institution should ‘stop selling its reputation to Putin’s associates’ and rethink cash from Len Blavatnik, critics say ” https://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/nov/03/oxford-university-accused-over-oligarch-len-blavatnik-75m-donation
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