Pruitt gave big raises to favorite aides despite White House opposition

Apr 04, 2018, 01:46
Pruitt gave big raises to favorite aides despite White House opposition

In any normal administration, the myriad scandals surrounding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt-especially the cozy deal he struck with a fossil fuel lobbyist for a DC condo-would have led to his ouster.

President Obama first announced the proposal in July 2011 and was joined by Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and Volvo and others, as well as the United Auto Workers.

Officials in California made clear Monday they're not prepared to drop their tougher standards.

(Pruitt, through a spokesperson, called this a coincidence.) The manm also spent six figures past year on first-class flights, which were necessary, he said, because he didn't appreciate the plebeians in coach class letting him know that he is awful at his job.

In response to the EPA's announcement, several environmental groups are denouncing the decision.

THE US environmental watchdog has overnight announced it will overturn tough Obama-era emissions targets for passenger cars, paving the way for the Trump administration to scale back the tight targets imposed on vehicle makers.

The Environment Protection Agency is challenging California to conform to the national emission standards, but the repercussions certainly will hurt the state's auto industry.

The Administration's national program was meant to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while saving consumers money at the gas pump and reducing USA oil consumption.

"The Obama Administration's determination was wrong". However, Pruitt said the changes are necessary to make it more appropriate.

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Any change is likely to set up a legal showdown with California, which can set its own pollution and gas mileage standards and doesn't want them to change.

He suggested that if cleaner vehicles are too expensive, consumers will hold onto older cars, thereby lowering the overall efficiency of cars on the road. "EV (electric vehicle) and hybrid sales account for a miniscule 3% or less of the entire new auto market annually". Present regulations from the EPA need the fleet of contemporary vehicles to get 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving by 2025.

But that process called for a so-called midterm review, during which time automakers and others wanted to be given more flexibility in reaching the greater number. That has stoked sales of more profitable, larger vehicles, which, while becoming more fuel-efficient overall, may not meet the standard.

The White House confirmed Tuesday that President Donald Trump talked to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Monday night, amid growing calls for investigation into questions about the ethics of Pruitt's decisions as agency chief.

Tesla, a company that has bet everything on the growth of the electric vehicle market, is one of the automakers that doesn't back the relaxation of the CAFE rules. Trump also told Pruitt to "keep his head up" and said that the White House supported him, according to the report. Through a CAA waiver granted by the EPA, California can impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions of certain pollutants than federal requirements, the agency explains.

Pruitt has declined to comment on the rental arrangement reported last week and a spokesman for the agency on Friday defended his conduct and said the lease agreement was in line with federal ethical regulations.

In his statement, Pruitt said the EPA was going to examine California's waiver to issue its own rules because it's in the country's best interest to have a single national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that auto companies to make cars "that people both want and can afford".

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