Trump to try to block California’s vehicle emissions standards

Trump to try to block California’s vehicle emissions standards

Trump to try to block California’s vehicle emissions standards

Since then, 13 other states have followed California's model for emission standards.

Reuters has previously reported the administration plans to revoke the waiver California received in 2013 to set its own vehicle emissions standards that are followed by more than a dozen other states.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement that the Trump administration "has abdicated its responsibility to the rest of the world on cutting emissions and fighting global warming" and is acting "on a political vendetta".

The state and Trump administration have clashed repeatedly including over environmental policy.

The move comes after the Justice Department opened an antitrust investigation into a deal between California and four automakers for tougher pollution and mileage requirements than those sought by President Donald Trump. BMW, Honda, Volkswagen, and Ford struck a deal with California earlier this year to MPG standards that aren't as aggressive as the Obama-era figures, but reach far beyond Trump's standard.

"So we will be moving forward with one national standard very soon".

Well, President Trump huffed and puffed and now, finally, he's getting on with his efforts to blow California's house down.

The state has long pushed automakers to adopt more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles that emit less pollution. Legal steps aside, the primary motivation behind revoking California's waiver seems to be purely politically motivated, as many automakers have vocally opposed the drastic rollbacks proposed by Trump. Environmental groups also pledged legal action. "But we will not - we will fight this latest attempt and defend our clean auto standards".

"It's time to remove your blinders, President Trump, and acknowledge that the only person standing in the way of progress is you". The state's authority was granted by a waiver that allows it to set pollution limits that are stricter than the federal government's, which is now threatening the administration's ability to roll back Obama-era standards for automobile fuel economy.

The move is nearly certain to spark a lengthy legal battle over California's regulatory powers that could throw the critical standards into uncertainty for years.

Emissions standards are closely linked with fuel economy requirements because vehicles pollute less if they burn fewer gallons of fuel.

Tailpipe emissions are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The EPA is expected to make the announcement in Washington, D.C.

He said: "We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation".

"Strong clean auto standards give us healthier air to breathe, help protect us from the urgent threat of climate change and save Americans hundreds of dollars a year in gas expenses".

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