Fifty Mayors, 11 States and Washington D.C. vow to defend federal regulation of 50 mpg automobile efficiency standards against a rollback proposed by Scott Pruitt, the anti-clean-air head of the Environmental Protection Agency. **
In a statement like the American Revolution’s Declaration of Independence, local leaders are rejecting a corrupt central government out of touch with the people – one that instead is beholden to special interests, big oil, and big money for campaigns to keep the corruption and tyranny ongoing. Pruitt has the stench of sulfur about him over his connections to special oil interests, wasteful spending of taxpayer money to travel like a king, and cronyism in EPA hiring practices.
“We strongly support the current federal standards for such a modern vehicle fleet agreed to in 2012 by the automotive industry, the federal government and the State of California, said the States and mayors.
“We believe these standards are both necessary and feasible – a conclusion reaffirmed in a major 2016 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board. This study found that auto companies are adopting fuel economy technologies at unprecedented rates and will be able to meet these standards primarily with conventional vehicles. The study also found that the cost of compliance will be similar or lower than anticipated in 2012, with substantial fuel savings payback for consumers. These findings are consistent with a major 2015 study by the National Academy of Sciences.”
The big issue concerns universal rights. “All Americans — not only the residents of the states, cities and counties signing this manifesto – deserve to enjoy fuel-efficient, low-emission cars and light trucks that save money on gas, improve our health and support American jobs. We strongly urge the auto industry to join us, and to use its influence with the Administration to ensure that these standards remain in place.”
This appears to be a serious States rights issue, rights traditionally defended by Republicans except when money gets in the way. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra previously threatened to sue in defense of the standards. The attorneys general, from the states of New York, Iowa and Massachusetts, said they would challenge a rollback in court.
Pruitt, a former attorney general of Oklahoma, a big oil producer, has been criticized because he paid well below market rates of $50 – when he paid rent at all – to live in a condo owned by a lobbyist who deals with issues overseen by his agency.