the EPA is tasked with protecting our environment. Trump destroyed this department, and President Biden is fixing this.
the Trump administration's EPA inititated rollbacks of federal environmental safeguards. The administration was committed not to do anything to address greenhouse gas emisssions. "They show not merely indifference to climate change but really, opposition to doing anything about climate change."
why aren't we hitting 54mpg? fuel efficiency standards Union of Concerned Scientists
the current federal fuel efficiency standards for 2022-2025 aimed at getting us to 54 mpg, were developed by the Obama administration to protect families from dangerous air pollution.
Trump's EPA threatened progress when it abandoned the fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. By freezing the standards the oil companies will sell more fuel. Former governor of California Jerry Brown opposes this scheme, "... motorists will pay more at the pump, get worse gas mileage and breathe dirtier air."
28% of US emissions of greenhouse gases (ghg) come from transportation. While a smaller vehicle will allow you to go twice as far, people are buying larger and larger vehicles partly due to the low cost of gasoline.
#CleanCarStandards to learn more.
EPA to allow more mercury?
Trump's EPA said limits on coal plant mercury emmissions were too costly and proposed rule changes to allow power plants to release more toxic pollution, and even went as far as to attempt to weaken new regulations in the future.
Trump's EPA had given giant oil refiners hardship waivers from regulation while the companies posted net profits of $1.5bn.