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Legislature Opposes Any Rollback in Federal Fuel Economy Standards

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Legislature, with no discussion and without dissent  (Legislator Glenn Morey was excused), went on record  in opposition to any Federal rollback or weakening of the current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards, as proposed by the Trump Administration. The Legislature also urges that the State of New York support California’s efforts to challenge the proposed rollback and maintain the current standards in New York should the federal rollback occur. 

The measure notes that the current CAFE standards are a critical element of the Tompkins County Energy Roadmap, which developed alternative future energy use and supply scenarios that would allow Tompkins County to reach its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 80% below 2008 levels by 2050, and that a rollback of the CAFÉ standards could make it virtually impossible for Tompkins County, New York State, and the United States to meet long-term emission reduction goals or make near-term progress in reducing emissions.