EPA reportedly plans to eliminate science office

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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.

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California overrules EPA emissions freeze for cars sold in the state

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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.

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EPA plans to roll back emissions standards on power plants

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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

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EPA loses 10 percent of enforcement staff under Trump

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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.

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

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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EPA Will Add On-Road Testing For Emissions Compliance

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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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: Cleaner power generation offset increase of vehicle emissions in 2017

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the EPA announced on Monday. The EPA released data for 2017, showing an even larger 4.5 emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases fell 2.7 percent in 2017, despite the Trump administration's efforts to revive coal use in the U.S., percent drop in emissions from power plants compared with 2016, as more coal plants are retired. So electric. global warming greenhouse gas air pollution

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

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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 staffers told how to downplay climate change in leaked memo

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

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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

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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 reinstates limitations on dirty diesel glider trucks

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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 63

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

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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 59

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

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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 63

Head of EPA ignores environmental groups, meets only with corporations

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

2017 63

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

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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.

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EPA boosts required 2017 ethanol volume above expected level

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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.

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

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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.

Automaker lobbyists fail to overturn EPA emission rules

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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.

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EPA tells Mitsubishi to retest fuel economy after Japan errors

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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.

Pruitt's EPA decision: 38-page intention vs 1,217 pages of analysis

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While the name of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is often preceded by "embattled" these days, his agency is now on record as rejecting its own recommendation of just 16 months ago. Politics EPA global warming greenhouse gas climate change carbon dioxide regulation science Donald TrumpIt concluded in July 2016 that the auto industry had handily met lower carbon-emission limits from 2012 through 2017—at lower cost and with more conventional.

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Trump EPA backs away from attacking California emission waiver

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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 EPA to hold unneeded 'critique' to challenge climate science

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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 61

EPA releases final heavy-truck emissions rules

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heavy duty EPAThe Environmental Protection Agency unveiled this week its final rules for reducing emissions from heavy-duty trucks, including semitractor-trailers, buses, and other heavy trucks. The agency said the new rules would cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1.1 billion tons, cut fuel costs by $170 billion, and save roughly 2 billion barrels of oil over the.

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Electric Jaguar E-Type, EPA blowback, Tesla pileups, and giant hybrid drones: The Week in Reverse

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emissions EPA Fuel EconomyWho objected to the Trump administration's plans to freeze emissions and fuel-economy standards? What was recalled going back to the beginning of modern electric cars? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending August 24, 2018. Friday, Jaguar revealed that it will build all-electric.

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

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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.

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State officials telegraph looming fight to proposed federal EPA rollbacks

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Dannel Malloy and state attorneys general from California and Maryland said Friday that they will vigorously fight proposed rollbacks by the EPA to federal emissions standards ahead of public hearings scheduled for next week. "We’re Connecticut Gov. We’re not interested in taking a punch. We want to counter-punch," California Attorney General. Politics

2018 58

All 2017 BMW diesels certified by EPA, production now starting

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The Volkswagen diesel scandal continues to unfold, and last week the EPA accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of failing to reveal eight separate software routines that altered the behavior of diesel engines in Jeep and Ram vehicles. This might not seem to be the most convenient moment to restart production of a gaggle of diesel cars.

2017 62

2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: 238-mile EPA range rating, 119 MPGe combined

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Now Chevrolet has released the EPA estimated range. Efficiency plug-in cars Range Test EPA Ratings MPGeThere will be a lot riding on the tall, square shoulders of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV when it reaches the first Chevy dealers late this year. It will be the first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more, and it will go on sale a year before the much-vaunted Tesla Model 3.

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EPA will maintain fuel-economy standards through 2025

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to maintain existing Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards through 2025. emissions Politics EPA CAFE transportation policy Corporate Average Fuel EconomyThe U.S. Enacted by the Obama Administration in 2012, the standards call for automakers to achieve a fleet average of 54.5 mpg (equivalent to about 38 mpg in the real world) by that year. The decision follows the.

EPA to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas policies on coal power plants

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EPA head Scott Pruitt told miners in Kentucky on Monday that he intends to begin dismantling former President Barack Obama's signature climate-change agenda effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal power plants. Environmental emissions Politics EPA climate change Donald Trump

EPA to reopen 2022-2025 auto-emission rule decision: report

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It looks like lobbying pays off, at least in the case of EPA emission rules. According to numerous recent reports, the EPA is expected to reopen the commenting period for vehicle-emission rules it finalized in January, more than a year ahead of schedule. emissions Politics EPA CAFE regulation Corporate Average Fuel Economy Donald Trump

2017 56

EPA gas-mileage labels accurate, helpful, unlike 2005: Consumer Reports

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DON'T MISS: EPA reports show automakers meeting. EPA Fuel Economy Consumer Reports window stickerCar buyers remain aware that the real-world fuel economy of new vehicles may not match the ratings on their window stickers. The year-old Volkswagen diesel scandal has also shown the vulnerability of laboratory emissions tests to deliberate cheating by manufacturers. But the news isn't entirely bad.

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2012-2014 VW Passat TDI diesels approved for modification by EPA

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Another small portion of Volkswagen's diesel scandal has been put to rest: the EPA announced its approval of modifications for 2012 through 2014 Passat TDI sedans. EPA TDI Volkswagen diesel scandalIn total, 84,391 Volkswagen Passat TDI diesel vehicles are eligible to be modified and deemed compliant, should the existing owner choose to keep the car rather than sell it back to VW.

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