Guess Who Wrote Trump Admin’s Emission Standards – Big Oil

When the Trump administration announced a change to auto emissions standards this year, it was difficult to imagine who would come up with an idea quite that bad. Well, we finally have our answer: the oil industry did it.

A New York Times investigation found that Marathon Petroleum, the nationís top oil refinery, worked quietly yet forcefully behind the scenes to get emissions standards reversed. Joining other oil corporations and Koch family entities, Marathon convinced politicos that because the U.S. is relying more on its own fossil fuels than foreign supplies like in the past, there was no need to put restrictions on oil and gas consumption.

Obviously, the explanation ignores the imperative need to curb emissions for environmental purposes, but Marathonís real goal is to make money, and the Republican Party is happy to oblige.

In fact, the GOP literally allowed Marathon Petroleum to write the legislation and policy to kill emissions standards. They drafted the documents to make their wish list a reality and fed it to politicians via ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council,) a group with famously shady meetings that facilitate connections between corporations and state and federal legislators.

Moreover, the NYT sniffed out that the big oil lobby also launched a Facebook campaign encouraging web users to sign a Department of Transportation petition to end emissions standards. The campaign was careful not to identify that it was the oil industry looking to make this change, though.

All of this newly uncovered information explains how an otherwise inexplicable emissions policy came to be. Originally, auto companies had publicly asked the Trump administration to make some changes to emissions standards to help their industry. What they ended up receiving was quite different than what they asked for.

As CNN explains, what the auto industry was initially hoping for was small concessions and compromise that manufacturers, the government and environmentalists could all be okay with. Brands spend years working on future auto designs, so it really doesnít help any to set emission standards so far back that even the car industry isnít trying to make vehicles that pollute that badly.

What that winds up doing is setting up major, long-running lawsuits and a lot of uncertainty. Car companies donít know what kind of vehicles to make and plan for since they canít anticipate what kind of rules theyíll have to play by with the Trump administrationís overreach.

Thatís not a problem for the oil industry, though, which is probably why the Trump administration moved recklessly ahead with this emission standards slashing plan anyway. For Marathon Petroleum and its peers, they want fuel-inefficient vehicles that require consumers to continually buy more gas. Shame on the White House and various state legislatures for giving oil barons what they want rather than what that planet so desperately needs.

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salah z
salah z.27 days ago

Interesting article

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salah z
salah z.27 days ago

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tammy C
tammy C28 days ago

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Chad A
Chad A29 days ago

Thank you.

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Greta L
Greta Labout a month ago

Please make it stop

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Sophie A
Sophie Aabout a month ago

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Lorraine A
Lorraine Aabout a month ago

Not surprised in the least!

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hELEN h
hELEN habout a month ago

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hELEN h
hELEN habout a month ago

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