Trump blocks California plan to set tougher auto emission standard

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Ledyard King and Todd Spangler

USA TODAY

Published 12:02 PM EDT Sep 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is revoking California’s waiver on auto emissions, a move that would undercut the state from its decades-long ability to set stringent standards on tailpipe discharges from cars and light trucks.

President Donald Trump announced the move on Twitter, saying it would save consumers costs “while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER,” because it will encourage drivers to buy newer cars at a lower price.

Environmental Protection Agency officials sent the state a letter last week warning that the tougher emission rules violate federal law. Several other states had considered adopting California’s standard and four automakers signed an agreement this summer embracing the lower emission requirements, drawing a sharp rebuke from Trump.  

California officials, who have been in negotiations with several automakers, have previously threatened to sue the administration if they blocked  the state’s efforts to toughen emissions standards.

Emissions rules: Trump administration to block California’s stringent auto emission rules

“We’re ready for a fight for a future that you seem unable to comprehend,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. “We’ll see you in court is you stand in our way.”

Contributing: John Fritze


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