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Professor Dave Rapson finds flaws in federal analysis justifying the rollbacks in vehicle fuel economy standards.

Dave_imagestudy published in the journal Science and co-authored by UC Davis Associate Professor of Economics David Rapson identifies significant problems with a recent analysis by federal agencies seeking to justify proposed rollbacks of US Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, the 2018 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The study finds that the NPRM falls short of performing a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, disregarding at least $112 billion in benefits that would have otherwise weighed in favor of leaving currently scheduled CAFE standards unchanged.

Professor Rapson noted that “although the authors [of the Science study] come from various fields of expertise, and we even differ in our beliefs about the impact of fuel economy standards on carbon abatement, we all advocate for sound logic in a cost-benefit analysis and the use of the best available evidence. The NPRM does not meet these standards.”