EPA set to revoke California's authority to set vehicle standards

Trump revokes CA right to set auto emissions standards

Trump's California's auto emission attack will mean fewer clean cars and more pollution-spewing Trumpmobiles

According to the newspaper, the overall plan to weaken auto emissions and fuel economy regulations has been stalled, and the Trump administration chose to move forward with just the revoking of the waiver process for now.

An announcement of the move was expected Wednesday while the president visited San Diego, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley to raise money for his 2020 reelection campaign, the New York Times reported. The announcement came as Trump touched down in California for a re-election fundraiser.

The White House declined to comment Tuesday, referring questions to the EPA.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, speaking to a group of auto dealers, said Tuesday that "in the very near future, the Trump administration will begin taking the steps necessary to establish one set of national fuel-economy standards". The final requirements may be closer to the Obama-era regulations in place now.

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"It is hypocritical for the administration to encourage states to block some of their people from going to the polls, but then forbid states from protecting their people from auto pollution", Becker said in a statement.

The Obama-era rules called for a fleetwide fuel efficiency average of 46.7 miles per gallon by 2025, with average annual increases of about 5%, compared with 37 mpg by 2026 under the Trump administration's preferred option to freeze requirements. While a previous report claimed the Trump administration would still allow the state to set low-emissions vehicle standards, the latest report makes no mention of this.

California is now trying to push for companies to produce and sell more zero-emission vehicles and wants to be able to put more strict emissions standards in place than the rest of the country.

In fact, the state and four automakers - Ford Motor Co., Volkswagen of America, Honda and BMW - announced in July an agreement for the manufacturers to meet a higher emissions threshold than the Trump administration wants to set.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the Trump administration's action will hurt both US automakers and American families. The move to revoke California's authority to regulate them is seen as a political strike against the liberal-leaning state and the environmental legacy of President Barack Obama, according to the Times. As a result, the White House made a decision to proceed with just one piece of its plan - the move to strip California of its authority to set tougher standards - while delaying its wider strategy, according to these people.

"In other words, American families are paying more for SUVs and trucks so automakers can sell EVs at a cheaper price".

That prompted a long-running fight with the Trump administration, which has criticised the California rules even as several multinational carmakers have backed them.

In response, the Justice Department launched an anti-trust investigation into these four automakers earlier in September.

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