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Will the Trump Fuel Economy Reform Proposal Create Deadly Air Pollution?

October 17, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency’s and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safe Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Rule will save consumer’s money and improve vehicle safety, reducing deaths by 12,000 in total by model year 2029.

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have proposed to partially roll back the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards issued in 2012.1 The proposal, called the Safe Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, is partly justified on the basis that it will reduce traffic fatalities by about 1,000 deaths per year or about 12,000 deaths in total by model year 2029.

“Opponents of SAFE are claiming that the proposal’s lives-saved claim should be offset by deaths resulting from the increased emissions of allegedly deadly air pollutants associated with the rollback of mileage standards.”

Yet, while traffic fatalities actually occur in the real world with the number being recorded, the number of deaths, or any deaths for that matter, directly attributable to air pollution are speculative. Based upon questionable epidemiological studies, often undertaken or promoted by activist, with studies showing no, or extremely limited effects, from air pollution on human health being ignored by regulators.

Steve Milloy is a recognized leader in the fight against junk science with more than 25 years of accomplishment and experience. He is also a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. @JunkScience