Obama Chimes in With Shot at Trump “We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial”

Responding to a story about President Trump rolling back fuel economy standards amid the coronavirus crisis, Obama chimed in with an obvious shot at him.

While Obama did not mention Trump by name, there’s no doubt the tweet was directed at the President.

Obama wrote “We’ve seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic. We can’t afford any more consequences of climate denial. All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall.”

Per USAToday, the Trump administration proposes a modest increase in fuel-efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks, scrapping a more aggressive Obama-era rule aimed at curbing the planet’s largest source of carbon emissions, which contribute to climate change.

The Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule applies to most passenger vehicles for model years 2021 through 2026. Administration officials who unveiled the rule Tuesday said it will save hundreds of lives each year by encouraging families to buy newer cars that have the latest safety features because they’ll be more affordable when freed from meeting tougher standards.

“This rule reflects the Department’s No. 1 priority – safety – by making newer, safer, cleaner vehicles more accessible for Americans who are, on average, driving 12-year old cars,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao told reporters on a conference call.

The final rule will increase stringency of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and CO2 emissions standards by 1.5% each year through model year 2026, compared with the standards issued in 2012 under President Barack Obama, which would have required about 5% annual increases over that period.

Earlier in the month, President Trump tweeted:

For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it. It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped. President Obama made changes that only complicated things further…..

…. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!

This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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