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A Few States vs the Federal Government: Emission Regulations

Why I am passionate about Emission Regulations and the Environment

California’s Role

With a new administration occupying the White House, environmental regulations — specifically pollution and carbon emission — are being rolled back from prior years. More specifically, the Trump Administration is rolling back emission and fuel economy standards for the automobile industry in the U.S. The administration’s cited justification for this change is that higher environmental standards on the industry hurt business growth and that carbon emissions are not a key contributor to global warming. Although the latter reason is continuously disproven by the scientific community, it is the new federal policy that standards are lower on car manufacturers. Not every state agrees with or chooses to follow the new standards, so they create their own: “California can write its own standards because of a longstanding waiver granted under the Clean Air Act.” California has recently instituted their own standards that are much more strict than those at the federal level, and “[t]welve other states, including New York and Pennsylvania, as well as Washington, D.C., follow California’s standards, a coalition that covers more than 130 million residents and more than a third of the vehicle market in the United States.” Most of the states in the U.S. are choosing to deregulate industries that hurt the environment, while California and a couple more are standing up to the President’s wants.

Why?

I am from the Bay Area, and there are noticeable changes to places due to rising waters and global warming. My school is also very environmentally conscious, we are trying to become as close to a zero waste school as possible, so I have always felt passionate about the environment and trying to help/save it. The time is now. There is very little time left before Earth reaches the point of no return on the climate. Change and reform needs to be implemented now.

 

Get Involved!

Because California’s actions are protected by law, there is not much to be changed. That being said, I want to lead some workshops at my school that teach students how to call their representatives and senators to show support for the opposition and ask for further regulation on the automobile industry. There are also a slew of other environmental issues that I could help support this way. 

The most important thing is to be active about it! Go to a protest, educate your friends, call a representative. There are dozens of things you can do to get active and help with this issue!

Workshop Sign Up

Some Other Cool Environmental Websites

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Real Climate

Bill McKibben and 350.org

Sources:

Tabuchi, Hiroko. “California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 24 Mar. 2017. Web. 15 Apr. 2017.

https://i2.wp.com/www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/carbon-emissions-by-state_map2.png?w=768&crop=0%2C0px%2C100%2C9999px&ssl=1

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/life-cycle-ev-emissions#.WPlwDFPytE5

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COMMENTS: 4
  1. April 28, 2017 by James

    [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “trash”. Reason: Failed GASP Bot Filter Test (comment token failure) *]
    I also agree that global warming and pollution is becoming an emergent issue these days. However, after I saw articles or videos about pollution, I did not know how I can help. I think your post does good job on emphasizing the issue. I also like your selection of pictures. I think the pictures are easy to understand because they are simple and clear. I also like that you start with the video. I watched the video first and actually motivated me to read your post.

  2. April 30, 2017 by Karen Bradley

    Hi Ben, this is a well-structured and informative presentation, although it looks a bit like a prototype since your “workshop signup” goes to a prototype form. Did you participate in the “call your representatives” activities that took place at Head-Royce in the past six weeks? What does it feel like to go beyond reporting to action? Scary? Empowering? Not empowering? I hope you continue with this work!

  3. May 02, 2017 by Rahul H

    This is a well structured and informative presentation and i I really enjoyed reading it!

  4. May 02, 2017 by Ryan F

    I really enjoyed your presentation? What do you think would be the best first step in helping this issue?

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