Trump’s Auto Efficiency Rollback: Losing the Climate Fight, 1 MPG at a Time | Inside Climate News

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 30: Traffic leaves San Francisco at the beginning of the 4th of July holiday weekend on June 30, 2006 in San Francisco, California. Despite the rising cost of gasoline, daily gasoline demand was up 0.9 percent from a year ago. According to AAA about 40.7 million Americans will travel over 50 miles or more from home during the 4th of July holiday, an increase of about 1.2 percent over last year. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Marianne Lavelle | Inside Climate News | 02/08/2018

The Trump administration’s proposed freezing of tailpipe regulations would reverse one of the most effective climate actions on the books.

The Trump administration’s plan to halt the drive for more efficient U.S. passenger vehicles will downshift the nation’s ambitions on climate change at the same time that it triggers an epic battle with California, the leader on clean cars.

The administration is casting its proposal, issued on Aug. 2, as neutral on climate and even beneficial from a safety standpoint.

But the costs will be enormous, according to those who favor stricter regulations. It’s not just that consumers will have to pay the price at the pump, they say—everyone will have to pay for the health and ecological costs of air pollution and global warming. Every new gas-guzzler sold will lock in some of those costs for years to come.