header-left
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: 180299    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/5/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/12/2018
Title: Urging the President of the United States and the Environmental Protection Agency ("E.P.A.") to recommit to the Obama-era rules for U.S. Automakers on Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Squilla
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 18029900.pdf, 2. Signature18029900.pdf
Title
Urging the President of the United States and the Environmental Protection Agency ("E.P.A.") to recommit to the Obama-era rules for U.S. Automakers on Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Body
WHEREAS, On March 23, 2018, the Trump administration announced the launch of an effort to weaken greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for automobiles. The move, undercuts one of President Obama's signature efforts to fight climate change; and

WHEREAS, E.P.A. reports that the United States accounts for 5% of the world's population and 22% of the world's carbon emissions that contribute to the Greenhouse Effect; and

WHEREAS, The "Obama-era rules for U.S. Automakers on Greenhouse Gas Emissions" are aimed at cutting tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming. These rules would have required automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025; and

WHEREAS, According to E.P.A. projections, the Obama-era rules, if fully implemented, would have cut oil consumption by about 12 billion barrels and reduced carbon dioxide pollution by about six billion tons over the lifetime of all the cars affected by the regulations; and

WHEREAS, According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, the rules would have put the United States at the forefront worldwide in the manufacture of electric and highly fuel-efficient vehicles. The United States and Canada are the only major nations that have adopted mandatory emissions standards through 2025; and

WHEREAS, Rollbacks of the Obama-era rules could also create a legal battle with California, which has vowed to stick with the stricter rules even if the Trump administration rolls back federal standards. That fight could end up creating one set of rules for cars sold in California and the 12 states that follow its lead, and weaker rules for the rest of the states, in effect splitting the nation into two markets; and

...

Click here for full text