It goes without saying that the turmp administration is a disgrace to the country. In no other area is this more obvious than with the envirnment. trump has led the effort to destroy the gains for conservation and the health of the nation’s people by appointing people to the EPA and other agencies that are radically opposed to the very efforts the agencies are supposed to govern for the people.
Under the rubric of ‘deregulation’, they are in effect waging war against the envirnment by allowing massive additional oil drilling in former national parks, along with other reversals. The Obama administration has managed to get a measure thought that would require automobile manufactorers to build vehicles with a gas milage of 54.5 (mpg) by 2025. Of course trump, in his “wisdom” pulled back on that decision and moved the goal down to 37 mpg by 2026.
However, the bright spot is that California and 13 other states refused to allow that to take effect in their states and created a situation where the automobile companies would have to either adhere to Obama Era standards or double their manufacturing efforts by meeting different standards for different states. For California and those 13 states, they would have to tool a factory to produce cars with mileage of 54.5 mpg. For the rest of the nation, they could go as low as 37 mpg.
The point being that the 37 mpg would not be allowed in those 14 or so states. So, four car companies reached a very good compromise. They negotiated with California and ther other envirnmentally concerned states. Now, they have agreed to reach the level of 51 mpg by 2026 in order to only have to have one group of factories.
Those companies are Volkswagon of America, Ford, Honda and BMW. I congratulate those four companies for doing what is right and well help lower the amount of pollution in addition to hopefully bringing down the expense to the consumer. The more important part of that is the gains to the envirnment. You see, I still have this dream of having clean air and water at some point before the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans.
I would hope that those engaged in the manufacture of electric cars would continue their research and that in the near future, we can move to clean renewal fuel instead of being beholden to the oil industry and their position of ownership of our national discourse. It is not too much to state that currently, they own many of those in high office.
Do I think this agreement is enough? Of course not!! But like a previous article I wrote thanking the people of Nashville for standing up to ICE agents in their attempt to remove a family from their midst, it is reason for hope…and we need all the hope we can get in this horrible times.
Perhaps this agreement will force some of the other car companies to either join or give up sales in those 14 states, especially California. Once again, California stands as a bulwark against bad federal governance. Thanks, California!!! But also thanks to Obama for starting this move in the right direction to begin with!!!!!