Bento questions use of ‘cherry-picked’ data to roll back US fuel standards
Research from USC Price Professor Antonio Bento is at the center of a national debate on the Trump administration proposal to freeze antipollution and fuel-efficiency standards for cars. One of the arguments made in the EPA-NHTSA proposal – which widely references Bento’s influential body of research on fuel economy standards – was that increasing fuel economy standards will force automakers to make their cars lighter, hurting safety. In The New York Times and The Washington Post, Bento has been critical of his body of research being used to make these claims. To the contrary, research co-authored by Bento suggested that a reduction of the overall weight of vehicles on the road may result in fewer fatalities as a result of car crashes.