Critics call proposed airplane rule ‘a joke,’ EPA admits it won’t reduce GHG pollution

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Environmental groups slammed a draft regulation of greenhouse gas pollution standards for new airplanes, announced by the EPA Wednesday, that would codify the limits international airlines already created for themselves.

Implementing the rule will allow the EPA to avoid lawsuits from environmental groups seeking to enforce the legal requirement that the EPA regulates airplane greenhouse gas emissions, but EPA admitted it does not expect the rule to lower greenhouse gas pollution. On a call with reporters Wednesday, administrator Andrew Wheeler told reporters the airline industry asked him to implement the standards, which were created in 2016 by a United Nations body and were largely drafted by international airline companies. “Those standards are just a joke,” Clare Lakewood, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, told The New York Times. “They don’t require any meaningful emissions reductions.”

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