EPA rolls back emissions standards on coal plants

Green Car Reports

On Thursday, EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows. EPA global warmingThe proposal came on the eve of a climate summit in Poland that started over the weekend where world leaders were set to codify the next steps in.

EPA reportedly plans to eliminate science office

Green Car Reports

Science looks to no longer be a high priority at the EPA. The New York Times reported Thursday that the EPA plans to eliminate the powerful Office of the Science Advisor, merging it with another office under the Deputy Administrator for Science. The move represents a significant demotion of the science advisory role. Previously the Office of the.

2018 86

EPA dissolves boards of pollution scientists

Green Car Reports

The EPA has dismissed two panels of outside scientists that advised the agency on particulate matter and ground-level ozone, which have been linked to smog and respiratory problems. Under acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal-industry lobbyist, analyzing those pollutants will be left to the EPA's internal Clean Air Scientific Advisory. emissions EPA air pollution

EPA announces tighter smog regulations on heavy trucks

Green Car Reports

The EPA has loosened or eliminated a lot of regulations since President Trump took office, but last week the agency announced it would tighten regulations on emissions of nitrogen oxides from heavy trucks such as semis. The EPA notes that smog-forming NOx emissions from heavy trucks fell 40 percent between 2007 and 2017 after the agency last. emissions Trucks EPA air pollution

2018 61

Deadline for comments on EPA fuel-economy rollback is Tuesday

Green Car Reports

Readers who want to make their voices heard in objection to (or support of) the EPA proposal to freeze fuel economy standards have until tomorrow to get their comments in. The EPA proposed in early August to undo Obama-era rules requiring cars to reach increasingly stringent fuel-economy targets through 2025. EPA Corporate Average Fuel Economy

2018 65

Honda joins GM, others in heated opposition to Trump's EPA fuel-economy freeze

Green Car Reports

Honda joined General Motors on Friday and called on the EPA to abandon its proposed fuel-economy rollback, asking federal officials to negotiate with states like California to offer a single, comprehensive update to federal fuel-economy standards. EPA CARB Donald Trump

2018 85

California girds for battle with EPA over fuel economy

Green Car Reports

The report comes in response to the EPA and NHTSA's proposed Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule, which would undo fuel-economy. EPA NHTSA CARB Corporate Average Fuel EconomyLast Friday, California released a 400-page repudiation of the Trump administration's plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke California's statutory right to set its own limits on vehicle emissions.

2018 63

California overrules EPA emissions freeze for cars sold in the state

Green Car Reports

EPA NHTSA California Air Resources Board Donald TrumpAt its meeting on Friday, the California Air Resources Board officially confirmed that it will stick with planned increases in emissions and fuel economy standards for cars sold in the state. The move was expected after CARB said in August that it would not follow the Trump Administration's move to freeze federal emissions and fuel economy.

2018 83

EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

Green Car Reports

After wiping out plans to continue boosting fuel economy standards earlier this month, the EPA on Tuesday proposed rolling back emissions standards on electric power plants. The new proposed rule, which the EPA calls the "Affordable Clean Energy" rule, would eliminate Obama-era standards that would have required power plants to reduce carbon. EPA air pollution power grid

Obama 51

EPA's 'Top Fuel Sippers' Don't Use Fuel: They're Electric Cars

Green Car Reports

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a list of top "fuel sippers," compiled from its fuel-economy ratings. Published on the EPA's Fueleconomy.gov website, the list includes. Green EPA EPA Ratings MPGe plug-in carsThe U.S. But none of them actually use any fuel at all. That's because they're all electric cars. DON'T MISS: What Is MPGe Anyway? What Is Efficiency For Electric Cars?

2015 85

Trump's EPA head Pruitt: climate-science denier who sued the EPA many times

Green Car Reports

Yesterday, he named Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, a 48-year-old Republican, as his nominee for EPA. Environmental Politics EPA climate change carbon dioxide regulation fossil fuels Donald TrumpIf there were any doubt that president-elect Donald Trump supports fossil fuels and does not believe in the scientific consensus of climate change, his pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should put it to rest.

Mazda tops EPA fuel-efficiency rankings for fifth year in a row

Green Car Reports

EPA Fuel Economy EPA RatingsPick-ups and SUVs are rapidly taking over the American automotive landscape, but there's at least one measure in which it benefits an automaker to sell fewer of those vehicles. In the Environmental Protection Agency's latest "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends" report, Mazda was named as the.

2018 68

EPA Will Add On-Road Testing For Emissions Compliance

Green Car Reports

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will expand on-road emissions testing to all diesel vehicles. emissions EPA Fuel Economy EPA RatingsIn the wake of the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the U.S. The agency currently conducts only a handful of on-road tests of new vehicles each year, to confirm laboratory results. But Volkswagen's cheating and recent fuel-economy.

2015 82

EPA loses 10 percent of enforcement staff under Trump

Green Car Reports

If the EPA wants to reduce federal involvement in environmental protection, it may not need to roll back emissions requirements or cancel California's environmental waiver. It could just quit enforcing the law. That is already happening to a degree, according to new data from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, as reported in The.

2018 55

California warns it won't follow lower EPA fuel economy, emissions rules

Green Car Reports

In response to an EPA proposal to freeze emissions and fuel economy standards, California said it will not honor federal vehicle certifications if the proposal goes through. EPA CAFEThe California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed amending the California Low-Emission Vehicle III Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulation to ensure that cars and light-duty.

2018 63

EPA finalizes RFS volumes for 2019 and biomass-based diesel volumes for 2020

Green Car Congress

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that establishes the required renewable fuel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program for 2019, and biomass-based diesel for 2020.

2018 97

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, EPA chief, faster Tesla Superchargers, giving thanks: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

President Trump plans to make acting EPA head Andrew Wheeler official. EPA Charging Networks Tesla SuperchargerWe get our first drive in the extra-efficient 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans more and faster Tesla Superchargers. And our Twitter poll asks readers to give thanks. All this and more on Green Car Reports. We get a first drive in the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek.

2018 47

2018 Nissan Leaf electric car gets 151-mile EPA range rating

Green Car Reports

The EPA combined range rating for the second-generation Leaf is officially 151 miles. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) EPA Ratings battery capacityWhen the 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car was unveiled last fall, the company said it would have a range of "140 miles or more." That had risen to "150 miles or more" by the end of last year, and now we have the final confirmed figure. DON'T MISS: 2018 Nissan Leaf.

2018 64

Tesla Model 3 Mid Range goes an EPA-official 260 miles

Green Car Reports

EPA range ratings are funny things—they're never official until they're official. Now the EPA has released final range figures confirming that number, and revealed official MPGe efficiency estimates Tesla released its Model 3 Mid Range in early November, in an effort to offer a lower-priced base model, with an estimated range of 260 miles.

2018 71

Pruitt's EPA emission rollback reasoning may well fail in court

Green Car Reports

Despite the sturm und drang around the announcement by embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt that he will relax emission limits for 2022 through 2025 vehicles, not much will happen immediately. emissions EPA global warming California Air Resources Board CARB greenhouse gas climate change carbon dioxide regulation Donald Trump

2018 58

Wheeler replaces Pruitt as EPA chief, climate denial, fossil fuel support continue apace

Green Car Reports

Following an 18-month tenure filled with a cascade of scandals, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday. President Donald Trump acknowledged Pruitt's resignation in a tweet and announced that EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will run the agency in the interim, starting Monday. Pruitt was known most for his denial of climate change.

2018 56

Mazda CX-5 diesel gets 28-mpg EPA city rating

Green Car Reports

The Mazda CX-5 diesel took one step closer to production by receiving an EPA rating. Fuel Economy EPA RatingsJalopnik made the find and reported the ratings on Wednesday. With front-wheel drive, the CX-5 diesel is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, 29 combined. With all-wheel drive those numbers each drop by 1 mpg for ratings of 27 city, 30 highway, and 28 overall.

2018 48

EPA chief Scott Pruitt: 'environmentalism' is use rather than preservation

Green Car Reports

EPA head Scott Pruitt will likely go down as one of the most controversial agency chiefs in that agency's history of almost 50 years. The former Oklahoma attorney general, who sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of fossil-fuel interests during the Obama administration, has a radically different view of how the agency should operate compared to most of. Environmental emissions EPA United States regulation natural resources Donald Trump

EPA reports show automakers meeting fuel-economy, carbon emission rules

Green Car Reports

But a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that so far, carmakers are doing just fine. The EPA's annual CO2 and Fuel Economy Trends Report compares. emissions EPA Fuel EconomyLow gas prices and high sales of crossovers and SUVs have led critics of current U.S. emissions standards to question whether automakers can continue meeting those standards.

EPA to study cutting amount of ethanol in U.S. gasoline

Green Car Reports

After years of debate, the EPA has now announced it will study the. Gasoline Biofuels EPA ethanol e85 United States E10 flex fuel alternative fuel vehicles e15Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has required increasing levels of ethanol in gasoline blends sold in the U.S. Most fuel stations across the United States no longer offer pure gasoline, with E10—a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline—prevailing.

2017 64

Automakers seek deal to delay EPA's 2022-2025 emission rules

Green Car Reports

Despite some alarmist reporting, President Donald Trump hasn't abolished the EPA's vehicle emission limits. So far, he's done two things: signed an executive order reopening the comment period for 2022-2025 EPA emission limits, and proposed a budget that would slash EPA. emissions Politics EPA Fuel EconomyNor has he wiped out corporate average fuel-economy rules, set by the NHTSA.

2017 58

EPA staffers told how to downplay climate change in leaked memo

Green Car Reports

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt would be controversial even if he hadn't flown to Morocco in December (first-class, on the taxpayer dime) to lobby the country on the benefits of liquified natural gas while living in a condo owned by a lobbyist for the country's largest LNG exporter. He is likely the first EPA head to axe scientists from the. EPA global warming CO2 climate change carbon dioxide regulation science Donald Trump

EPA boosts required 2017 ethanol volume above expected level

Green Car Reports

fuel supply, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has boosted its proposed ethanol volume for 2017. EPA ethanol energy policy e85 flex fuel alternative fuel vehicles transportation policyDespite pressure to lower the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard enacted in 2007, specific quantities of ethanol must be blended the national fuel supply. Recently, critics have tried to cap that amount.

2016 75

Automaker lobbyists fail to overturn EPA emission rules

Green Car Reports

A week ago, the EPA recommended that U.S. emissions Politics EPA Alliance of Auto Manufacturers Donald Trumpvehicle emission standards stay put for the years 2022 through 2025. According to the Technical Assessment Report the agency issued in July, automakers have so far quite successfully met standards in place since 2012 to cut emissions of the climate-change gas carbon dioxide. And, the report concluded, they.

2016 73

Head of EPA ignores environmental groups, meets only with corporations

Green Car Reports

Politics EPA United States climate change regulation Donald TrumpScott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has had a very busy schedule since being confirmed to lead the agency set up to protect America's air, water, and land from pollution. Unlike his predecessors, Pruitt—a climate-science denier and aggressive advocate of fossil fuels—has largely ignored environmental groups and.

2017 63

EPA launches Cleaner Trucks Initiative to update NOx standards for heavy-duty trucks

Green Car Congress

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the Cleaner Trucks Initiative (CTI) to further decrease NO x emissions from on-highway heavy-duty trucks and engines. The EPA’s goal is to develop a program that could be adopted by EPA and the California Air Resources Board, creating a 50-state program, which would streamline compliance for manufacturers. —Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. EPA intends to publish a proposed rule in early 2020.

2018 81

EPA to axe rule banning older, dirtier diesel engines in new trucks: report

Green Car Reports

The EPA recently announced it will roll back the Clean Power Plan, one of former President Obama's milestone efforts to fight climate change, and now the agency plans to axe another rule limiting emissions. Remarkably, the regulation that EPA. emissions EPA regulation semis air pollution

Obama 63

Fake science: University disavows study EPA cited to approve old dirty diesels in "glider" trucks

Green Car Reports

Among the many regulations to limit emissions and other forms of pollution that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has axed, this one was particularly. Diesels emissions Trucks EPA regulation semis air pollutionLast November, the Environmental Protection Agency said it would rescind a rule that banned companies from fitting outdated, older, and dirtier diesel engines into brand-new "glider" chassis-cab trucks.

2018 62

SmartTruck steps up CFD simulations at ORNL for EPA certification

Green Car Congress

SmartTruck , a small business in Greenville, SC, recently completed its first detailed unsteady analysis using modeling and simulation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and has become the first company to request certification from the EPA through computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

2018 93

Pruitt won't let California set emission standards; EPA not looking at post-2025 rules

Green Car Reports

In what Bloomberg News called a "wide-ranging interview" with EPA chief Scott Pruitt, he indicated the agency does not intend to let California set the agenda for national emission limits on vehicles. emissions EPA global warming California California Air Resources Board CARB climate change carbon dioxide regulation Donald TrumpNow, it's war, in the words of California's lead emission regulator.

2018 63

EPA tells Mitsubishi to retest fuel economy after Japan errors

Green Car Reports

Green EPA EPA Ratings Fuel Economy JapanThe dominos continue to fall as more and more carmakers are investigated for accuracy in their testing of emissions and fuel economy over longer periods of time. While European buyers had complained for years that EU fuel-economy ratings diverged from real-world results, nothing much happened until last year on that front. Then the Volkswagen.

EPA reinstates limitations on dirty diesel glider trucks

Green Car Reports

In a reversal of its reversal, the EPA said Thursday that it would enforce limits on dirty "glider" trucks after all. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler put the brakes on his predecessor's decision to not enforce an Obama-era rule on dirty diesel big-rigs. CHECK OUT: States join to halt EPA's reversal on "glider" semi trucks Glider trucks are.

2018 62

EPA to ease emission limits, reports say, setting up clash with California

Green Car Reports

EPA plans to modify exhaust emission limits for vehicles in model years 2022 through 2025. The EPA delivered its draft Final Determination document to the Office of. emissions Politics EPA California California Air Resources Board CARB carbon dioxide regulation state laws Donald TrumpThe omens have been accumulating for months, as bits of information dribble out of the regulatory rumor mill in Washington, D.C. Now we have the most concrete reports yet that the U.S.

2018 57

Proposed ethanol cuts bring EPA up against Iowa's powerful politician

Green Car Reports

Following years of debate, the EPA said earlier this month it will study the possibilities of cutting the amount of ethanol in the United States' gasoline supply. Biofuels Politics EPA ethanol e85 E10 flex fuel Renewable Fuel Standard Donald TrumpSince 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has required growing amounts of ethanol to be blended into U.S. fuel supplies, with E10—a mix of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent.

Iowa 57

Trump EPA backs away from attacking California emission waiver

Green Car Reports

Amidst coverage of the removal of the word "science" from the mission statement of the EPA's Science and Technology Office, it went largely unnoticed. emissions Politics EPA global warming California climate change state laws Donald TrumpSometime between March 1 and 7, a specific page vanished from the website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

2017 62

Trump's EPA deletes 'science' from Science Office mission statement

Green Car Reports

Environmental emissions Politics EPA air pollution science Donald TrumpThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as one of the government entities most targeted by the new Trump Administration for change. In this case, if reports of the administration's draft budget proposal are accurate, change means wholesale elimination of staff, funding, and programs. Yesterday, however, an even more remarkable fact.

2017 70

Trump EPA to hold unneeded 'critique' to challenge climate science

Green Car Reports

The best analog to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt's latest action might be for the U.S. EPA global warming greenhouse gas climate change carbon dioxide energy fossil fuels Donald TrumpGeological Survey to undertake a "scientific critique" of theories that the world is round. After all, numerous authoritative sources over the years have raised doubts that the Earth is not flat. Surely their views deserve to be aired. Late last week, it.

2017 60

Trump EPA: less enforcement of laws, more leeway for polluters

Green Car Reports

Environmental emissions Politics EPA air pollution Donald TrumpIn grade school, students commonly ran through the halls when teachers or other school staff weren't looking. Signs forbidding the act of sprinting past lockers did little to deter the practice, since there was no incentive not to run unless someone present was enforcing the rule. The same can be said for industrial polluters and environmental-law.