The standards have split the auto industry with Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen siding with California and agreeing to higher standards. Most other automakers contend the Obama-era standards were enacted hastily and will be impossible to meet because consumers have shifted dramatically away from efficient cars to SUVs and trucks.California and about a dozen other states say they will continue resisting the Trump standards in court.Last year, 72% of the new vehicles purchased by U.S. consumers were trucks or SUVS. It was 51% when the current standards went into effect in 2012.The Obama administration mandated 5% annual increases in fuel economy. Leaked versions of the Trump administration's latest proposal show a 1.5% annual increase, backing off from its initial proposal simply to stop mandating increases in fuel efficiency after 2020.The transportation sector is the nation's largest source of climate-changing emissions.John Bozzella, CEO of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a … [Read more...] about Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push
But Jonathan Franzen is sick of it. In an essay for the New Yorker, the novelist takes exception to the left’s “pretending” on climate change. Franzen argues that when figures like Ocasio-Cortez frame the Green New Deal as “our last chance to avert catastrophe and save the planet,” they are promulgating a form of climate denial because there is no serious prospect of humanity keeping warming below two degrees, and thus “the radical destabilization of life on earth” is already inevitable. Instead of imagining that a globe-spanning revolution is waiting in the wings, Franzen implores environmentalists to accept that the political dynamics that have obstructed climate action for the past three decades aren’t going to disappear in the next 16 months. The “war on climate change” is no longer “winnable.” Activists should carry on fighting to reduce emissions through “half measures,” the novelist explains, … [Read more...] about Jonathan Franzen’s Climate Pessimism Is Justified. His Fatalism Is Not.
Washington (CNN)The Trump administration is planning to finalize a rule that will loosen tough fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, a move that will have large environmental consequences and weaken former President Barack Obama's efforts to combat climate change,The New York Times reported. … [Read more...] about New York Times: Trump administration to roll back fuel efficiency standards, weakening efforts to combat climate change
The administration’s original proposal would have frozen fuel-economy standards at this year’s levels. That met a furious response from officials in California and several other states as well as unexpected resistance from auto companies, which worried the administration was going overboard and dragging them into years of court battles with states. … [Read more...] about Trump weakens fuel economy standards, rolling back key U.S. effort against climate change
Eakin said ocean heat content data showed the world’s oceans were gaining heat. “There’s so much heat that has been absorbed in the upper ocean that all the coral reefs are much closer now to their bleaching threshold. As result, it’s very easy to tip them over.” … [Read more...] about Climate crisis may have pushed world’s tropical coral reefs to tipping point of ‘near-annual’ bleaching