Pruitt Goes on Brown Nose Offensive, Amid Uproar over Ethics Scandals

04 April, 2018, 02:23 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he will join other states in opposing the Trump administration's efforts to rollback fuel Obama-era fuel economy standards.

The standards called for roughly doubling by 2025 the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles sold in the United States to about 50 miles (80 km) per gallon. With credits for updating refrigerants for air conditioning systems and other credits, real-world requirements were closer to 45mpg, but without a significant number of buyers opting for electric vehicles, even that lower number was a major challenge. Pruitt did not outline any new standards, saying they are still under evaluation.

In November 2016, the Obama administration "short-circuited" the MTE process and rushed its final determination on January 12, 2017, just days before leaving office, the EPA claims, adding that since then, the auto industry and other stakeholders have sought a reinstatement of the original MTE timeline so that the agency could review the latest information.

The widely expected statement by Scott Pruitt, head of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) corresponds to what automakers have requested of the Trump Administration.

In response to the EPA's announcement, several environmental groups are denouncing the decision.

"The Obama administration's determination was wrong", Pruitt said.

In addition, Pruitt threatened to cancel California's waiver to federal emission rules.


"Cooperative federalism doesn't mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country", he said.

Mr Pruitt has declined to comment on the rental arrangement reported last week, and an agency spokesman defended his conduct last Friday and said the lease agreement was in line with federal ethical regulations.

The ethics issues do not appear to have undercut Pruitt's ability to deliver on his promises at the EPA, which hinge on environmental deregulation. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation's clean auto program.

Nichols added that, "California will not weaken its nationally accepted clean auto standards, and automakers will continue to meet those higher standards, bringing better gas mileage and less pollution for everyone". "EPA's decision will cost consumers a net savings of about $1,600 over the lifetime of a vehicle, increase pollution that causes and exacerbates asthma, and unnecessarily pour more emissions that cause climate change back into the atmosphere". When Pruitt ran for office in Oklahoma, he hired an oil billionaire to run his re-election campaign and used his position to sue the EPA to stop ozone and methane emissions rules and block regulations on coal-fired power plants.

Those groups have argued that numerous EPA's 2012 market assumptions have proven to be wrong. Again: Scott Pruitt is a bad person, but he is a really good lawyer. (Pruitt, through a spokesperson, called this a coincidence.) The manm also spent six figures previous year on first-class flights, which were necessary, he said, because he didn't appreciate the plebeians in coach class letting him know that he is awful at his job.

About the author: Robert Schoenberger is the editor of Today's Motor Vehicles and a contributor to Today's Medical Developments and Aerospace Manufacturing and Design.

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