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Trump administration issues final rule on lower fuel-economy increases

Next up, a protracted legal fight with automakers, states split

President Donald Trump is poised to roll back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change. The Trump administration is expected to release a final rule Tuesday on mileage standards through 2026. The change — making good on the rollback after two years of Trump threatening and fighting states and a faction of automakers that opposed the move — wat

Trump's reduced fuel economy rules sent to White House for final review

Automakers anticipate annual fuel efficiency increases of about 1.5%

New rules enacting President Donald Trump's reductions in fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles through 2026 moved closer to reality on Tuesday when U.S. agencies sent proposals to the White House for final review. After more than 17 months of discussion, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted proposed rules for 2021 through 2026 model year fuel efficiency to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the agencie

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The EPA is working on a plan to cut heavy-duty truck emissions

The EPA last toughened NOx standards for highway heavy-duty trucks and engines in 2000

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EPA scientific panel says rollback of vehicle emissions rule is at odds with science

Advisers proposed several recommendations aimed at strengthening the agency's vehicle emission regulations

A panel of scientific advisers, including several appointed by President Donald Trump, says some rollbacks of clean-air and vehicle rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency are based on weak scientific analysis and should be revised, according to draft reports published on Tuesday. The EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB), which is tasked with providing independent input for agency policy, published four draft reports on the last day of the year analyzing the scientific underpinnings

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California, 22 other states sue EPA over right to set emissions standards

Suit against the EPA bookends one filed against NHTSA

California and 22 other U.S. states filed suit on Friday to challenge the Trump administration's decision to revoke California's authority to set stiff vehicle tailpipe emissions rules and require a rising number of zero emission vehicles (ZEV). The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, seeks to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's decision in September to revoke portions of a waiver it granted in 2013. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, w

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Politics or pollution? Feinstein seeks probe into EPA actions against California

She questioned whether over three dozen states with similar issues are being targeted

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein on Friday called for a probe into whether politics instead of pollution was behind the Trump administration's threat this week to withhold more than $4 billion in federal transportation funding from California over claims of poor air quality. "I am concerned that California is being unfairly targeted," Feinstein, a Democrat who represents the state, said in her letter to Charles Sheehan, deputy inspector general of the EPA. In response to the letter, an EPA spokes

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EPA chief blasts California air, threatens to pull federal highway dollars

'Worst air quality' charge after denying California right to set tougher standard

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As it fights Trump on emissions, California devises ways to make him irrelevant

$7,000 rebate plan, other tax moves are designed to outmaneuver the EPA

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2013 Chevrolet Spark gets EPA rating of 32/38 MPG

Chevrolet can't be too happy with the EPA numbers for its tiny Spark. Equipped with the 1.2-liter engine and five-speed manual, the smallest Chevy in history gets 32 miles per gallon in the city, 38 on the highway for a combined

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2013 Chevrolet Spark gets EPA rating of 32/38 MPG

Chevrolet can't be too happy with the EPA numbers for its tiny Spark. Equipped with the 1.2-liter engine and five-speed manual, the smallest Chevy in history gets 32 miles per gallon in the city, 38 on the highway for a combined

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Ford Focus ST Hits 32 Miles Per Gallon

Sporty Compact Bests VW GTI and Mazda Speed3

The much-anticipated 2013 Ford Focus ST will get 32 miles per gallon on the highway, Ford officials said today.

Behind The Ethanol Controversy

Ethanol is supposed to be a clean bio-fuel that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil. It's primarily produced from domestically grown corn. So why is it so controversial?

Tesla Motors pays fine for lacking emissions Certificate of Conformity

Sometimes, technology moves faster than rules and regulations. For instance, in some parts of Kansas, shops must provide water troughs for horses. A more recently inanity is the requirement that electric vehicles receive an emissions "Certificate of Conformity" from the EPA to comply with the "Clean Air Act." And, while Kansan storekeepers have long been exc

Tesla Motors pays huge fine for lacking emissions Certificate of Conformity

Sometimes, technology moves faster than rules and regulations. For instance, in some parts of Kansas, shops must provide water troughs for horses. A more recently inanity is the requirement that electric vehicles receive an emissions "Domenick Yoney

Video: Juechter disses car mags, claims next Corvette won't be "watered down" *UPDATED

Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter on the next Chevrolet Corvette – Click above to watch the video

Big CAFE announcement expected later today

Last May, President Obama announced an increase in CAFE standards to reduce greenhouse gases and improve fuel economy.

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