The Daily Caller cited CEI's Adjunct Scholar Steve Milloy's "Will the Trump Fuel Economy Reform Proposal Create Deadly Air Pollution?" study.
Critics of SAFE, however, claim that the administration is botching its lives-saved forecast because it is not accounting for the number of people expected to die due to increased air pollutants. They argue that lowering of the fuel economy standards will mean that a higher number of people will die from increased tailpipe emissions of particulate matter than the number of lives saved by a reduction in traffic fatalities. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Scott Pruitt Will End EPA’s Use Of ‘Secret Science’ To Justify Regulations)
In a response to these claims, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a report Wednesday that breaks down why this claim is incorrect. Namely, CEI finds that there is no real evidence to suggest that particulate matter (PM), dust and soot in outside air, causes death.
Their study, authored by Steve Milloy, focused on the science behind PM, which can come from both natural and man-made sources. Natural sources include instances such as forest fires and volcanic eruptions. Examples of man-made sources include smoking, smokestacks and tailpipes.