At RealClearEnergy Alan Daley and Krisztina Pusok of the American Consumer Institute explain the new proposed vehicle emissions standards:
NHTSA’s and EPA’s proposed SAFE Vehicles Rule would reduce average vehicle ownership cost by $2,340, reduce crash fatalities by 12,000 by 2029, cut regulatory costs by $252.6 billion over a decade, and cut the number of hybrid vehicles required to meet mileage standards from 56% to 3% by 2030. Those benefits would be made at de minimis increase in greenhouse gas and pollutants over the next decade.
In comparison with the CAFE standards that had been scheduled for effect out as far as 2025, the SAFE Rules would create a 3/1,000ths of a degree Celsius increase in global average temperature in 2100, and 8/100ths of a percent increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration in 2100, but no noticeable impact to net emissions of smog-production or toxic air pollution.
I predict that what sounds like a commonsense move will be portrayed in the media as the vile Trump Administration’s plot to kill Americans and fry the world.
We manufacture no small cars in this country. American car companies go through the charade of importing parts from Japan and/or South Korea and assembling them here so their fleets can meet NHTSA’s emissions standards. We manufacture larger cars and trucks here—they’re more profitable. They’d be even more profitable if NHTSA’s mission had not crept from fuel efficiency to reducing carbon emissions over the last couple of decades.
I would not have a problem if Americans were to decide as a country that we didn’t want big, gas-guzzling cars and trucks here at all. If the sales figures are any gauge, we aren’t making that decision. The biggest-selling personal car in the U. S. is a truck. What’s actually happening is that the decision is being foisted on us along with the greater imports and loss of jobs represented by the change.
IMO at the very least those who advocate higher emissions standards and smaller vehicles have a moral obligation to say how they’ll replace the jobs that are being lost. Solar and wind jobs aren’t enough. Think an order of magnitude more.