Calif. Fires First Shot In EPA Fuel Economy Rollback Fight

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Together, the states hold roughly 43% of the U.S.'s cars and are understandably angry at the EPA's moves to weaken current vehicle emission regulation.

In the years following the 2008 economic crisis, a series of measures adopted by the Obama administration imposed stricter rules regarding vehicle emissions on auto manufacturers in the U.S. These measures also established deadlines after which standards would become more severe, all the way to 2025. "But the EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt refuse to do their job and enforce these standards", Becerra said in a statement.

The lawsuit is the latest in a build up of tension between California and the Trump administration.

The clean-car rules were slated to improve the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks by 50 percent by 2025, to nearly 55 miles per gallon.

Transport is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., and many fear the introduction of weaker standards by Pruitt's EPA could seriously damage the country's progress on tackling climate change. In addition, the EPA is looking to revoke the long-standing regulatory waiver that allows California to set its own automobile fuel efficiency and emissions standards. The coalition formed to fight the EPA's clean-car rollback represents approximately 43 percent of the new vehicle sales market nationally and 44 percent of the US population. Jerry Brown said at a Tuesday press conference.

She directed questions about Pruitt's rationale to a statement from early April in which he wrote that the agency under Obama "set the standards too high", that the "Obama administration's determination was wrong", and that - in a jab at California - one state shouldn't "dictate standards for the rest of the country".

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California's lawsuit argues that the EPA acted arbitrarily to overturn the clean-car standards, violating its own rules and the Clean Air Act. We'll continue the fight to defend those standards and the EPA's mission to protect our health and environment, while pushing for all new cars sold in the United States to be zero emission by 2035. He took umbrage with claims in the proposal that there were increased costs associated with fuel-efficient technologies, labeling them as lacking justification.

"But now Administrator Pruitt, based on no new information or facts, wants to roll back all that progress in the name of deregulation".

The lawsuit comes just days after learning that the Department of Transportation is planning to propose freezing fuel economy standards at model year 2020 levels, Politico adds.

A coalition of 18 U.S states is suing the current administration over "arbitrary and capricious" moves to weaken air quality regulations. "The assault on the American auto industry is over", he told autoworkers.

The report, "Analyzing EPA's Fuel-Efficiency Decisions" was authored by Bethany Davis Noll, Peter Howard, PhD, and Jeffrey Shrader, PhD, of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

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