tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio) \

Definition of tailpipe

: an outlet by which engine exhaust gases are expelled from a vehicle (such as an automobile or jet aircraft)

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The latest numbers indicate that polluting cars and trucks are a big hurdle toward hitting that target: Vehicle tailpipes were the source of 37% of the emissions in 2017. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "Clean energy powers California climate emissions drop," 12 Aug. 2019 By the time 1970 Clean Air Act changes took effect, the state had already enacted its own tailpipe emission controls. Los Angeles Times, "Trump warns California that emissions deal with automakers may be illegal," 6 Sep. 2019 King, who worked on the Trump administration’s efforts to undo Obama-era tailpipe emissions standards and other initiatives at NHTSA, did not immediately respond to an interview request concerning her departure. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "As new FAA leader arrives, Trump administration’s road safety chief is heading out," 12 Aug. 2019 The deal between the California Air Resources Board and the four automakers made good on the state’s promise to stand up to the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Join California’s fuel-efficiency fight against Trump," 31 July 2019 The proposal sets up a clash with the California Air Resources Board, which has historically issued tougher tailpipe pollution rules than the federal government. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "EPA’s Science Advisory Board to Scrutinize Clean Car Rollback," 12 June 2019 On Thursday, 17 major automakers including General Motors, Ford, Nissan and Toyota, asked Trump in a letter to reopen talks with California, which has authority under the Clean Air Act to set its own tailpipe emission regulations. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "White House rejects carmakers’ plea for a deal with California on emissions," 7 June 2019 Some automakers such as Ford and Honda have publicly cautioned against a rollback of the current national tailpipe limits. chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration drafts plan to unravel Obama-era fuel-efficiency rules, challenge California," 28 Apr. 2018 But the fight over tailpipe emissions is likely to be the most consequential, as the state tries to meet its ambitious targets to cut greenhouse gases and other climate pollutants in the coming decades. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "Trump administration threatens California over gas-mileage deal with carmakers," 6 Sep. 2019

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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tail·​pipe | \ ˈtāl-ˌpīp How to pronounce tailpipe (audio) \

Kids Definition of tailpipe

: the pipe carrying off the exhaust gases from the muffler of an engine in a car or truck

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