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    18 states sue to put the brakes on Trump’s emission standard reversal

    18 states sue to put the brakes on Trump’s emission standard reversal

    California’s Jerry Brown joins the lawsuit, shortly after saying: ” The prospect is 3 billion people on this planet will be subject to fatal lethal heat events.”

    A little over a month ago, we reported that the Trump administration was expected to launch an effort to roll back Obama-era fuel emission standards for automobiles.

    Now, 18 states have sued the administration over this move, launching a legal battle over one of Obama’s few remaining achievements.

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in April said he would revisit the Obama-era rules, which aim to raise efficiency requirements to about 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Pruitt’s agency said that the standards are “based on outdated information” and that new data suggests “the current standards may be too stringent.”

    But in the lawsuit, the states contend that the EPA acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” in changing course on the greenhouse gas regulations.

    …The lawsuit comes amid a larger struggle over climate policy regarding U.S. cars and light trucks. The Trump administration has drafted a proposal that would freeze the federal standards at 2021 levels, leaving them well below levels targeted under Obama.

    California, as part of its War on Trump, is participating in the lawsuit. Governor Jerry Brown’s announcement about the legal case was as classy and reality-based as you would expect.

    In stinging comments at the Capitol, Brown said actions of the Trump administration were “so outrageous,” adding “Trump is definitely running a one-man demolition derby on science, the Clean Air Act and a lot of things we are trying to do.”

    Brown called Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt “Outlaw Pruitt,” and accused him of “breaking the law.”

    “He’s flouting the Clean Air Act and the legitimate needs and well-being of the American people,” the governor said.

    To put Brown’s assertions into their proper perspective, I must note that a few short weeks ago Brown indicated that three billion people were going to die because of “heat events”.

    “When you pick up the paper or turn on cable news, you’d think it’s another planet. It’s all about the nonsense of Washington, and carbon emissions are growing, and we’ve got to radically turn that around, or the migrations you’re seeing now are going to be child’s play,” Brown told reporters Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

    “We’re going to have widespread disruption, more conflicts, more terrorism, more insecurity because of climate disruption. The prospect is 3 billion people on this planet will be subject to fatal lethal heat events – 3 billion – and 1 billion will be subjected to vector diseases that they’re not now subject to now,” he said. “This is a horror.”

    The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Joining California are mainly members of team Blue State: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

    However, none of the other governors will offer the sound, sober scientific reasoning shared by Governor Moonbeam. I am truly blessed to be a Californian.


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    Arminius | May 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    This is clearly a Constitutional issue. The Constitution gives the federal government the authority to regulate interstate commerce. Not the governor of a single state, such as Jerry Brown, nor even the governors of 18 states.

    Upthread there was a discussion about commercial trucks. Back in the 2007/2008 timeframe the California Air Resources voted to implement two particularly onerous regulations. Commercial trucks over 26k lbs would have been required to install Diesel Particulate Matter retrofit kits. Naturally the kali government low-balled their cost estimate for the retrofit, saying it would be $10-$20k. That would have been bad enough, but at the time Ironman was the only company making kali-compliant DPM retrofit kits, and the complete kit (filter, back pressure monitor, labor, and warranty) cost $25K.

    The other was that they required all trucks 2007 and older to have the manufacturer permanently set the idle limiter to shut the engine down if it idles for five minutes. I’m not sure when they started installing those idle limiters, but newer trucks had them, and kali was making them mandatory. And illegal for the driver to attempt to override the limiter.

    Truckers idle their engines for a reason. In most weather it’s to keep their gadgets on in their nice cozy behind-the-cab campers. Their refrigerator, their HVAC unit, their TV, their laptop, their lights. If you had to live on the road you wouldn’t want to spend your federally-required down time in a truck stop, either. Some trucks have Auxiliary Power Units, so they don’t they don’t have to idle as much, but they still have to idle to maintain their battery charge because APUs still use battery power. And APUs have to be maintained and repaired. An owner/operator may decide an APU is worth the trade-offs, but a lot of drivers don’t own their trucks and they’re not going to spend thousands of dollars a year to install and maintain a piece of equipment on a company vehicle. And a lot of companies don’t use them because they’ve done the math and it’s cheaper to just let the truck idle.

    And it gets down to below freezing they idle to keep the engine warm and the fuel from gelling.

    And here’s the kicker; that was for all trucks coming into the state. Not just trucks registered in kali, but for any truck whether the company is in North Carolina or Oklahoma.

    And another kicker. Shippers aren’t responsible for the trucking companies they contract with; even Kali had to admit that. But kali did say if it turned out the truck wasn’t kali compliant then they would hold the shipper legally liable if they put the load on or accepted it off the truck.

    Essentially, kali was demanding dictatorial power to regulate interstate commerce. They still are.

      Ragspierre in reply to Arminius. | May 8, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Slight correction…

      APUs are generally small diesel-powered generators with an A/C compressor usually incorporated. They are, as you’d imagine, not cheap, and they still consume diesel. They also require space, maintaining, and are a general pain in the ass.

      There are a few battery-based systems which isolate from the main batteries on the truck when in use.

      Several states (last I knew) had adopted anti-idling laws, which are (or were) not much enforced. It’s all loopy, since modern diesel engines “like” to idle and do so at very little consumption of fuel. But such is the world (or nation) we live in…

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