California vows fightback after Trump voids state's right to set emissions rules

Friday, 20 Sep, 2019

The EPA and NHTSA asserted full authority with the rule issuance. He stated that will be very little difference in emissions between the California standard and the new U.S. standard, but many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard - "meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, JOBS", Trump claims.

Before the president's visit, California Gov. Gavin Newsom sent a letter to Trump, asking for federal help with the "national crisis" on behalf of a bipartisan coalition of local and state officials.

"You have no basis and no authority to pull this waiver", said California AG Xavier Becerra, referring to Trump. Trump also plans to follow the revocation of state authority with a rollback of federal clean-car standards - a move that's estimated by the Union of Concerned Scientists to cost American consumers an additional $55 billion a year in gasoline costs by the year 2040. And it's a critical fight for California because the state has more cars than any other, and the pollution from all those cars disproportionately affects residents. "To do otherwise harms consumers and damages the American economy".

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told auto dealers in a speech on Tuesday that drivers in vehicles aged 8 years and older are at least 20 percent more likely to get killed in an accident compared to those driving cars 3 years old or newer.

The vehicle emissions battle is just one front in a widening battle between the Trump administration and California's Democratic administration.

United States President Donald Trump and the state of California went to war on Wednesday over who should set the standards in the USA for vehicle emissions and electric cars, foreshadowing a legal battle over environmental policy issues that will affect the auto industry and consumers.

California, in addition to environmental groups, vowed to fight the latest plans from Washington through the courts.

Under Trump, the EPA contends that freezing the fuel economy standards will reduce the average sticker price of new vehicles by about $2,700 U.S. by 2025, though that predicted savings is disputed by environmental groups and is more than double the EPA estimates from the prior administration.

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CORNISH: You know, one of the things the president tried to argue on Twitter today is that he said that there wouldn't be much of a difference between the California standard and the new USA standard.

Whether that actually will happen as claimed is far from certain.

"We're not changing our strategy", Art St. Cyr, the head of automotive operations for American Honda, told on Wednesday, following the debut of the automaker's first gas-electric SUV, the 2020 CR-V Hybrid.

In a statement, Breed said the city is fighting homelessness by adding 1,000 beds to shelters and wants to pass a $600-million bond to build affordable housing and increase services for people with addiction and mental illness. But fuel economy has been one of the key regulatory tools the state has used to reduce harmful emissions. "The actions of California and the other auto companies probably firmed up or hardened the president's resolve on this issue, so here we go".

That seems unlikely. Even without final details of the Trump Administration's mileage rule cuts, opponents have been weighing in with sharp criticism.

State officials could use the tactic to aid negotiations with Toyota and General Motors, two manufacturers that make electric cars but have so far not agreed to California's emission standards.

"We can not afford to backslide in our battle against climate change", Becerra said.

"I haven't wanted to post the article [about Trump's decision] on social media", said Rajkovacz.