Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao gives us the benefit statement for weakening emission standards:
“By making newer, safer, and cleaner vehicles more accessible for American families, more lives will be saved and more jobs will be created.”
(The administration claims that the Obama standards drove up the cost of new cars and lead Americans to drive older, less-safe models longer. Also: the black guy.)
So, you know, if the COVID-19 doesn’t get you, the pollution will. But never let a good distraction go to waste.