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Obama blasts Trump for ‘denying warnings of pandemic and climate change’ after president rolled back emissions rule

OBAMA slammed Donald Trump for "denying warnings of pandemic and climate change" after the president rolled back his 2012 emissions rule.

He took a shot at Trump's new plan for cheaper vehicles and fewer road deaths on Twitter yesterday amid the COVID-19 crisis.

"We've seen all too terribly the consequences of those who denied warnings of a pandemic," Obama wrote.

"We can't afford any more consequences of climate denial," he added. "All of us, especially young people, have to demand better of our government at every level and vote this fall."

"Great news!" Trump tweeted yesterday. "American families will now be able to buy safer, more affordable, and environmentally friendly cars with our new SAFE VEHICLES RULE.

"Get rid of those old, unsafe clunkers. Build better and safer American cars and create American jobs. Buy American!"

The plan, prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, calls for fuel economy and emission standards to increase by 1.5 percent every year.

In 2012, it called for 5 percent annual increases.

The new standards will increase to 40.4 miles per gallon by vehicle model year 2026 which is around six miles per gallon less than the 2012 rule.

The government described it as "the largest deregulatory initiative of this administration" which "reflects the realities of today's markets."

The New York Times reported the draft plan allowed for the release of a billion more tons of carbon dioxide and consuming 80 billion more gallons of gasoline.

But the Trump administration believe this change makes new cars cheaper so Americans will replace their "older, more dangerous, and less environmentally friendly vehicles" with safer models, which would result in fewer fatalities on the road.

On Tuesday, the White House press office said the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule would give a "reality check to radical Green New Deal environmental activists."

Trump's office said the SAFE rule would, through 2029, result in 2.7 million additional new vehicles sold, 3,300 fewer crash fatalities, and 397,000 fewer automobile related injuries, however.

They also said it would result in more than 1.8 million fewer vehicles damaged in crashes and reduced technology costs of between $86 to $126 billion.

The plan is set to be implemented by late Spring.

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