Wednesday, May 02, 2018

California Sues Trump Administration over Car Emissions Rules

California is leading the 18-state effort challenging the Trump government’s claim that Obama-era emission rules are too stringent.

A freeway in Los Angeles.  “This is about health, it’s about life and death,” Gov. Jerry Brown of California said of the state’s lawsuit (Credit: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
A coalition led by California sued the Trump administration over car emissions rules on Tuesday, escalating a revolt against a proposed rollback of fuel economy standards that threatens to split the country’s auto market.

In a lawsuit filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, California and its coalition — 16 other states and the District of Columbia — called the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to weaken auto emissions rules unlawful and accused the agency of failing to follow its own regulations, and of violating the Clean Air Act.

“States representing 140 million Americans are getting together to sue Outlaw Pruitt — not Administrator Pruitt, but Outlaw Pruitt,” Gov. Jerry Brown of California said at a news conference, referring to Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“This is about health, it’s about life and death,” Governor Brown said.  “I’m going to fight it with everything I can.”

Tuesday’s lawsuit represents an important step in a brewing battle between the state and the Trump administration over climate change regulations.  That battle could break into war in the coming weeks if the E.P.A. moves to substantially weaken the nation’s current greenhouse gas rules for tailpipe emissions or challenges a legal waiver that allows California to set its own greenhouse gas emissions regulations.

It is not yet clear if the E.P.A. will take those steps, but Tuesday’s lawsuit could strengthen California’s legal hand if that were to happen

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