EPA expected to reverse Trump rules, attempt to combat climate change
Word comes from new EPA boss
The US Environmental Protection Agency is close to bringing forward new regulations for vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. The news comes from the new administrator of the EPA, who says that the new rules will be strong enough to deal with the looming climate crisis.
“We need to go as far as we can to meet the demands of the day,” said EPA Administrator Micheal Regan, talking to Bloomberg News. “The science indicates we have a short window in time to reverse the path that we’re on and mitigate against certain climate impacts.”
Under the Trump administration, the EPA relaxed Obama-era emissions standards, affecting rules through 2026. Now President Biden is expected to reverse course and take further steps to help reduce climate change causing emissions from transport.
“We are heavily engaged with the business community. We are heavily engaged with the labour community,” Regan said. “It’s a false option to choose between economic development and prosperity and environmental protection.”
The report from Bloomberg also says that the EPA is set to issue its plans to deal with a Trump rule that stopped California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards. California has set its own more stringent standards ever since developing the first tailpipe emissions standards in the country back in 1966. The Trump order was intended to put a stop to that, allowing cars and trucks sold in that state (and the 14 other states that have adopted California’s rules).
Regan did not rule out requirements that would ban gas-powered automobiles, saying “we’re taking a strong look at what the science is urging us to do.”