The federal government should stop threatening our right to cut down on car pollution
The federal government is threatening to weaken national clean car standards for passenger cars and trucks. These standards, adopted in 2012, were inspired by California’s leadership and aligned national fuel-economy and greenhouse gas rules with California’s health-protective emissions rules. Even the automakers saw this as an historic agreement to unite the nation under one set of protective standards. Now, not only are those standards at risk, leadership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has even questioned the need for California’s authority to set its own clean car standards — standards that 12 other states plus the District of Columbia follow.