Eduardo Porter attempted to take the air out of one of the few carbon mitigation programs the Obama Administration has been able to approve, the increase in fuel economy standards. Porter’s perspective is basically that increased gas taxes make more sense than higher fuel economy, and that the latter carries unintended consequences.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 28, 2012 1:40 pm|
The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as the emitting of greenhouse gas emissions.
|By: David Dayen Saturday October 2, 2010 6:00 pm|
Environmentalists are not enthused about the prospects of meaningful climate legislation for the rest of President Obama’s first term. They may be able to eke out some legislation on oil spill response, a weak renewable energy standard (though Lindsey Graham’s introduction of nuclear power into that debate puts that in peril) and some renewables and energy efficiency tax incentives, but in the main you’re not going to see much of anything out of Congress that would really bring down carbon concentration in the air.
That effort moves to the regulatory agencies now. The EPA already plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could lead to retiring many old coal-fired power plants. And now, they are teaming with the Department of Transportation to deliver new rules on fuel economy that could reach pretty sharply high levels.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 31, 2010 1:25 pm|
On an oddly defensive conference call, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and White House environmental policy advisor Carol Browner tried to downplay the decision on offshore drilling as not the most important aspect of what was announced today, not as intrusive into coastal areas as suggested, and not even wholly the President’s decision, a remarkable pulling away from a policy they just advanced.