Trump administration and California are on collision course over vehicle emissions rules
The Trump administration on Aug. 2 formally announced a proposal to freeze fuel economy standards and tailpipe emission standards for new cars. In addition, it is proposing to revoke California’s authority to set more stringent rules. This move by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, while expected for months, is the most significant action yet in rolling back efforts by the Obama administration and California to cut greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It also sets up an unprecedented legal battle between California and the federal government while breaking with decades of practice on regulating tailpipe pollution.
Legal Planet / 08.02.2018
The Myth That a Cleaner Car Is Less Safe Than a Dirty One
To justify rolling back auto gas mileage and emissions rules, the Trump administration has fabricated a false conflict between safety and improved fuel economy. The administration is wrong. Americans must have both, and can.
New York Times / 08.02.2018
Governor Brown, Attorney General Becerra, and California Air Resources Board: At Every Turn, We Will Defend Our Nation’s Clean Car Emissions Standards
“For Trump to now destroy a law first enacted at the request of Ronald Reagan five decades ago is a betrayal and an assault on the health of Americans everywhere,” said Governor Brown. “Under his reckless scheme, motorists will pay more at the pump, get worse gas mileage and breathe dirtier air. California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible.”
California Air Resources Board / 08.02.2018
AG Healey Leads Statement From 20 State Attorneys General Announcing Intent to Sue Over EPA Rollback of Clean Car Rule
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today led a coalition of 19 states and the District of Columbia in releasing the following joint statement announcing an intention to challenge the Trump Administration’s illegal and environmentally-destructive plan to roll back federal limits on tailpipe pollution from cars and trucks. The coalition includes every state attorney general from jurisdictions that have adopted California’s more stringent standards to reduce vehicle emissions, improve miles/gallon, and save drivers money on gas.
Office of AG Healey / 08.02.2018
States threaten showdown over White House auto emissions plan
The Trump administration proposed weakening Obama-era federal fuel efficiency standards on Thursday and moved to revoke California’s authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules, setting up what will likely be a protracted legal battle between the federal government and U.S. states. Some 19 states, including California, and Washington D.C. announced they intend to sue the administration to halt the rollback, which the Trump administration billed as a way to lower vehicle prices for consumers, but which critics said would accelerate climate change and hike pump prices.
Reuters / 08.02.2018
Trump fires first shot in California car wars
Donald Trump has declared an energy war on California. The administration on Thursday proposed freezing the vehicle fuel efficiency standards sought by the Obama administration and moved to end California's power to enforce its own rules, setting off a legal fight that could create a schism among red and blue states over the pollution regulations for new cars and pickups.
Politico / 08.02.2018
Mayor Garcetti and Climate Mayors representing 407 cities denounce Trump Administration’s proposed rollback of federal fuel efficiency standards and attack on California waiver
LOS ANGELES — Today, Mayor Garcetti and Climate Mayors from across America condemned the Trump Administration's new proposal to weaken vehicle efficiency standards and rescind California's waiver right to set strong greenhouse gas regulations — hindering U.S. efforts to curb auto emissions and the resulting air pollution. Climate Mayors — the national coalition of 407 U.S. Mayors dedicated to pursuing solutions to global warming — denounces this unprecedented attack on both the environment and states' rights, and vows to continue moving forward on transportation policies that help reduce the impact of climate pollution.
City of Los Angeles / 08.02.2018
5 Things to Watch as the Trump Administration Weakens Car Rules
With the Trump administration set to weaken Obama-era fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks, a chasm is opening between red and blue states. EPA is expected to propose a rule in the coming days to prevent the standards from rising past the 2020 levels established under former President Obama, who hailed those increases as a major step toward addressing rising temperatures. Also in the crosshairs is a California waiver under the Clean Air Act that allows it and more than a dozen other states to surpass federal car rules. EPA is expected to ask for comment on rescinding the waiver, a move that many see as a signal of the administration's intent to do just that.
Scientific American / 07.20.2018