Tag: Fuel Efficiency

California to Stop Buying From Automakers That Backed Trump on Emissions

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — California’s government has hit back at automakers that sided with President Trump over the state on fuel efficiency standards, saying Sacramento will halt all purchases of new vehicles from General Motors, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and other automakers that […]

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5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and […]

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White House Pressed Car Makers to Join Its Fight Over California Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — Monday’s surprise move by General Motors, Toyota and other auto giants to back President Trump in his fight with California over pollution rules came after days of White House pressure to support one of the administration’s biggest efforts to weaken climate regulations. Previously, many automakers had indicated to California that they would not […]

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With Fuel Economy Estimates in, Ram Scores a Light-duty Diesel Win Against Ford

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California Sues the Trump Administration in Its Escalating War Over Auto Emissions

WASHINGTON — California and 23 other states on Friday filed suit against the Trump administration’s unprecedented legal reversal of the state’s authority to set its own rules on climate-warming tailpipe emissions. The lawsuit represents the starting gun in a sweeping legal battle over states’ rights and climate change that is likely be resolved only once […]

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Trump Declares War on California

I’m on a number of right-wing mailing lists, and I try to at least skim what they’re going on about in any given week; this often gives me advance warning about the next wave of manufactured outrage. Lately I’ve been seeing dire warnings that if Democrats win next year they’ll try to turn America into […]

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Trump Defends Plan to Kill California’s Authority to Set Its Own Auto-Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday posted on Twitter an aggressive defense of his unprecedented move to abolish California’s legal authority to set its own standards on climate-warming automobile emissions. Mr. Trump was in Los Angeles for a fund-raiser when he wrote in defense of a move that California officials and environmental advocates have assailed […]

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Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules, in a move designed by the White House to strike twin blows against both the liberal-leaning state that President Trump has long antagonized and the environmental legacy of President […]

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The Concept Cars Gleam, but Executive Dread Clouds the Frankfurt Auto Show

FRANKFURT — Car executives are paid to be optimists, but behind the pomp and salesmanship at the Frankfurt International Motor Show this week lurked an unmistakable sense of angst. The talk among industry insiders at the show, one of the auto industry’s biggest events, reflected the existential threats that carmakers face. The European and global […]

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S.U.V. vs. Sedan, and Detroit vs. the World, in a Fight for the Future

The humble family sedan was once inseparable from American culture, the prime mover of suburban commutes and summer road trips. But most Detroit automakers are ridding their lineups of sedans and diverting investment to S.U.V.s and crossovers, not to mention electric vehicles and self-driving tech. Detroit’s Asian and European rivals see things differently. They’re continuing […]

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The Auto Rule Rollback That Nobody Wants, Except Trump

Auto companies prize certainty in how the government regulates them because of the long timelines involved in designing and manufacturing cars and trucks. Now the Trump administration has upended that certainty by going to extraordinary lengths to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards that even much of the industry supports. It’s a […]

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A Cruel Parody of Antitrust Enforcement

President Trump’s Justice Department — for it is increasingly clear that the department has been reduced to an arm of the White House — has opened an antitrust investigation of four auto companies that had the temerity to defy the president by voluntarily agreeing to reduce auto emissions below the level required by current federal […]

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White House Prepares to Revoke California’s Right to Set Tougher Pollution Rules

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — President Trump is strongly considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to set state tailpipe pollution standards that are stricter than federal regulations, according to three people familiar with the matter. The potential challenge to California’s authority, […]

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Trump’s Rollback of Auto Pollution Rules Shows Signs of Disarray

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — The White House, blindsided by a pact between California and four automakers to oppose President Trump’s auto emissions rollbacks, has mounted an effort to prevent any more from joining the other side. Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors […]

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NHTSA Acting Chief Heidi King to Roll on Down the Highway

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When the Polluters Are Cleaner Than the Government

The Trump administration has expected corporations to cheer its efforts to lower environmental safeguards — to permit poisonous pesticides, to gut mine safety protections, to weaken rules on methane leaks in the energy industry. It can be assumed, then, that administration officials thought they were offering the auto industry a gift with their continued pursuit […]

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24 Governors Call on Trump to Halt Rollback on Rules for Clean Cars

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. The opposition to one of President Trump’s most consequential regulatory rollbacks — a plan to weaken pollution standards for automobiles nationwide — widened on Tuesday when 24 governors, including three Republicans, urged the president to abandon his plan. The governors’ […]

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Climate Change Denialists Dubbed Auto Makers the ‘Opposition’ in Fight Over Trump’s Emissions Rollback

In the early months of the Trump administration, automakers pleaded for — and appeared set to receive — some relief from fuel economy standards that they said were too difficult to meet. But newly released government emails show how a coalition of groups that reject established climate science quickly muscled into the picture, urging the […]

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Madrid Ends a Low-Emissions Zone After Just 7 Months

MADRID — Local governments across Europe have spent more than a decade introducing laws that restrict vehicle access to the central areas of many cities in an effort to improve air quality for residents and visitors alike. But as of Monday, Madrid is heading in the opposite direction. Drivers will no longer face fines for […]

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Canada Signals a Willingness to Challenge Trump on His Clean-Car Rollback

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Canada has signaled a willingness to buck one of President Trump’s most significant environmental rollbacks — a major weakening of auto pollution standards — by signing a clean-car deal with California, the state leading the fight against the […]

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Demise of Gasoline Cars? What We Know About N.Y.’s Ambitious Climate Goals

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The sweeping climate plan that New York lawmakers have agreed to pass sets the country’s most ambitious goals for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions: getting planet-warming carbon emissions almost down to zero by 2050. The law would transform the way […]

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