Trump admin has plan to end California’s emissions standards power

Trump admin has plan to end California’s emissions standards power

Trump admin has plan to end California’s emissions standards power

The state's 2009 waiver under the Clean Air Act has allowed California to set emissions rules for cars and trucks that are more stringent than the federal government's. Instead it will cap federal fuel economy requirements at the 2020 level, which under federal law must be at least a 35-mile-per-gallon fleet average, rather than letting them rise to roughly 50 mpg by 2025 as envisioned in the plan left behind by Obama, according to the people. California was also one of the states to publicly distance themselves from Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate agreement.

And a long legal fight between the state and federal governments could make it hard for the automakers to plan, since the process of designing, engineering and introducing a new vehicle typically takes more than three years, Brauer said.

Now, President Trump is looking to revoke California's ability to set its own fuel efficiency standards and reverse planned hikes in fuel efficiency standards adopted by the Obama administration. If President Trump gets his way, California will no longer be able to force automakers to achieve specific fuel economy mandates that aren't inline with federal rules.

If the Trump administration moves to revoke California's authority on regulating vehicle greenhouse gases, the administration would likely deploy two legal arguments, say Sivas and Holmstead.

The administration also contends the new rule would reduce "societal costs" by about $500 billion over the life of the vehicles but the administration's overall forecast net benefits are unclear, once higher fuel consumption is taken into account. State regulators also worked closely with the Obama Administration to craft federal fuel economy standards that span well into the future.

California, for its part, rejects the idea that its 48-year ability to write its own tailpipe emission rules should end.

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California has joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia to sue the EPA to try to block any weakening of the standards.

"In California, transportation has been the only sector where emissions have been flat or even going up, so this is very important, " said Daniel Sperling, a member of the Air Resources Board and founding director of the University of California at Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies.

"This move by President Trump will not only gut federal clean air standards, [but also] this unprecedented attack on state emissions standards will serve to muzzle state leadership on clean automobile standards", she said.

Caught somewhere in the middle are automakers, who in recent months have stressed they would not support freezing the federal targets and want Washington and Sacramento to continue linking their vehicle efficiency goals.

Because states rights are only applicable to women's reproductive health. While an attack on California's clean auto mandate will cause some uncertainty, it's unlikely to derail the influx of electric vehicles poised for release over the next several years by an increasingly long list of automakers that includes Ford, VW and Porsche.

"The big question: Who will the vehicle companies back?" "It's nutty it's been allowed to develop".

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