US states to sue Trump administration over freezing fuel efficiency requirements 

US states to sue Trump administration over freezing fuel efficiency requirements Nineteen US states have announced plans to sue the Trump administration over its “reckless and illegal plan” to rollback Obama-era clean car rules. The US government on Thursday proposed weakening fuel efficiency requirements for cars and trucks, referred to as the clean car rule.  President Donald Trump’s proposal also undercuts California’s authority to set its own stricter emissions rules for the state. The proposal freezes fuel efficiency requirements for America’s cars and trucks until 2026 – repealing one of Washington’s most significant steps in recent years to curb greenhouse gas. Signalling what is likely to be the start of a protracted legal battle, some 19 states and Washington DC have announced they intend to sue to the administration over the move.  “We are prepared to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is part of the multi-state lawsuit.  The state coalition, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, includes legal representatives from jurisdictions that have adopted California’s more stringent vehicle emissions standards. The state coalition makes up about one third of the US auto market Credit: AP Officials under President Barack Obama argued requiring vehicles to be more efficient would improve the public’s health, reduce climate change and save motorists money. The measures – which were due to come into effect by 2025 – were seen as one of the most significant steps Washington has taken to curb climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions. Thursday’s proposal from the Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), argued the tough standards “are no longer appropriate and reasonable” beyond 2020. The requirements will be frozen at 2020 levels until 2026, and require dramatically fewer electric vehicles, the proposal said. The Trump administration has argued the freeze will lower vehicle prices for consumers, but critics say it will cost consumers more at the pump and accelerate climate change. The government estimates the policy will boost US oil consumption by about 500,000 barrels of oil a day by the 2030s.  At a glance | Paris climate accord Officials also argued it would prevent up to 1,000 traffic fatalities per year by reducing the price of new vehicles and so prompting people to buy newer, safer vehicles more quickly. But according to Ms Healey, the expected rollback by the EPA would cost Americans as much as $236 billion on petrol, and add the carbon emissions equivalent of 400 million cars. It would also put more lives at risk due to asthma-inducing emissions, she said. California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible: https://t.co/OWqbFIUmUlhttps://t.co/qrH7gSaWDn— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) August 2, 2018 The Transport Department and EPA are gauging public reaction and holding hearings before the rule changes.  However the legal action is likely to delay any further developments in the near-future, the states that have adopted California’s emission rules together make up about one third of the US auto market. The proposal to roll back anti-pollution efforts is in line with President Donald Trump’s decision last year to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to take steps to mitigate global warming. California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, said: “California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible”. “For Trump to now destroy a law first enacted at the request of Ronald Reagan five decades ago is a betrayal and an assault on the health of Americans everywhere. “Under his reckless scheme, motorists will pay more at the pump, get worse gas mileage and breathe dirtier air.”


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What the size distribution of organisms tells us about the energetic efficiency of a lake

The size distribution of organisms in a lake facilitates robust conclusions to be drawn on the energy efficiency in the food web, as researchers have now demonstrated empirically. This relationship enables scientists to gain a better and more direct understanding of biological processes and disturbances that impact aquatic ecosystems.
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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid blurs the line between sport and low impact fuel efficiency

  1. 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid blurs the line between sport and low impact fuel efficiency  Torque News
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  3. Toyota Isn’t Saying No To Seven-Seat RAV4  Motor1.com
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EPA to relax fuel efficiency standards for autos

  1. EPA to relax fuel efficiency standards for autos  Reuters
  2. EPA Moves to Cut Obama’s Auto Mileage Rules  Bloomberg
  3. Calling Standards ‘Too High,’ EPA Moves to Relax Car Pollution Rules  New York Times
  4. EXCLUSIVE: More Cabinet trouble for Trump? EPA chief lived in condo tied to lobbyist ‘power couple’  ABC News
  5. Scott Pruitt Buffeted By Growing Pressure To Resign From EPA  HuffPost
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EPA chief Scott Pruitt scraps Obama-era fuel efficiency rules

  1. EPA chief Scott Pruitt scraps Obama-era fuel efficiency rules  Washington Times
  2. TIMELINE: EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s condo controversy, explained  ABC News
  3. EPA puts the brake on Obama-era mpg rules  The Detroit News
  4. EXCLUSIVE: More Cabinet trouble for Trump? EPA chief lived in condo tied to lobbyist ‘power couple’  ABC News
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EPA poised to announce rejection of Obama vehicle fuel efficiency rules

EPA poised to announce rejection of Obama vehicle fuel efficiency rulesBy David Shepardson NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to use a Virginia car dealership on Tuesday as the setting to tout its rejection of the Obama administration’s landmark vehicle fuel efficiency rules, a move that could put automakers in the middle of a battle between the Trump administration and California. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt plans to sign a declaration by Sunday that the Obama administration’s vehicle efficiency rules for 2022 through 2025 are “not appropriate” and must be revised, Reuters reported last week.


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Compared: 2018 iPad cost efficiency versus iPad Pro features and speed

  1. Compared: 2018 iPad cost efficiency versus iPad Pro features and speed  AppleInsider
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  4. KGI: New Apple Watch models later this year with new design, ~15% bigger display  9to5Mac
  5. Apple iPads in Every Classroom? Chromebooks Are More Realistic  PCMag
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Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 previews with High Efficiency Image File format

  1. Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 previews with High Efficiency Image File format  VentureBeat
  2. New Windows 10 ‘Redstone 5’ test build includes a new way to push Edge  ZDNet
  3. Microsoft tries forcing Mail users to open links in Edge, and people are freaking out  PCWorld
  4. Microsoft wants to force Windows 10 Mail users to use Edge for email links  The Verge
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