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In August 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed a rule to roll back the requirements for automobile fuel economy standards. While existing standards are set to increase throughout model years 2017 to 2026, the proposed rollback would hold the standards constant at 2020 levels for model years 2021 through 2026. Synapse recently completed a report for Consumers Union and a second report with Consumer Reports related to the U.S. EPA’s and NHTSA’s proposed rollback.

My friend Frank Ackerman died on Monday, July 15th. We worked together at the Tellus Institute in the 1980s and 1990s, and more recently at Synapse. Frank's intellect and ability to get to the heart of complicated technical, economic, and institutional issues made him a powerhouse in climate and energy policy. His sense of humor made him a pleasure to work with.