EPA attempt to put "safety" over emissions... -wrong-
Green Car Reports shows how Trump's EPS is rephrasing the issue of freezing
the mileage standard for cars is actually a safety issue! IE, bigger cars
are safer. Therefore the EPA should allows bigger cars and screw the gas
BUT! The number one counter argument to Trump's EPA roll back of emissions
standards based on "bigger is safer" is ... crash tests of the TESLA!
Re: EPA attempt to put "safety" over emissions... -wrong-
I'ts a not-very-opaque support for Koch bros et al. If Trump could spin
any harder, his head would simply come off. From the NYT:
But the Trump administration, in its big new proposal to roll back those
rules, is now arguing the opposite: Forcing automakers to build cleaner
cars will lead to more highway accidents and deaths.
First, people who buy fuel-efficient vehicles will end up driving more,
increasing the odds that they will get into a crash. Second, the
fuel-efficient vehicles will themselves be more expensive, slowing the
rate at which people buy newer vehicles with advanced safety features.
Third, automakers will have to make their cars lighter in response to
rising standards, slightly hurting safety.
The Trump administration, in its new proposal, reworked that analysis
and concluded that the rebound effect was essentially twice as large.
People with more efficient cars would drive more miles than previously
assumed, and hence were likely to get into many more accidents.
Experts who have looked at this question have developed a rule of thumb:
If automakers are mainly reducing the weight of their largest vehicles,
like S.U.V.s and pickup trucks, then that makes the roads safer overall.
But if manufacturers were to focus more on reducing the weight of their
smallest passenger cars, that could be worse for overall auto safety,
since those cars would be more vulnerable in crashes with bigger
It’s worth noting, however, that this particular argument accounts for
only about 1 percent of the Trump administration’s fatality estimates.
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