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Trump administration revokes California's authority to set auto mileage standards

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Sep 24, 2019, 4:12:39 PM9/24/19

In a move President Trump said will reduce car prices but will also anger
environmental groups, the administration is revoking California's
authority to set strict fuel economy standards.

Trump announced the move Wednesday, saying the decision was made “in order
to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer,” while making cars
safer at the same time.

“This will lead to more production because of this pricing and safety
advantage, and also due to the fact that older, highly polluting cars,
will be replaced by new, extremely environmentally friendly cars,” Trump
tweeted Wednesday morning.

Donald J. Trump
The Trump Administration is revoking California’s Federal Waiver on
emissions in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer,
while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER. This will lead
to more production because of this pricing and safety......

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Donald J. Trump
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.... advantage, and also due to the fact that older, highly polluting
cars, will be replaced by new, extremely environmentally friendly cars.
There will be very little difference in emissions between the California
Standard and the new U.S. Standard, but the cars will be....

Donald J. Trump
....far safer and much less expensive. Many more cars will be produced
under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS,
JOBS! Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this
alternative to California, you will be out of business.

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California's authority to set its own emissions standards tougher than the
federal government's goes back to a waiver issued by Congress during
passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970. The state has long pushed automakers
to adopt more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles that emit less pollution.
A dozen states and the District of Columbia also follow California's fuel
economy standards.

The Trump administration decision revokes that waiver, touching off what
is sure to be another high-profile legal fight with the Golden State.

In anticipation of the move, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
said Tuesday that the administration's action will hurt both U.S.
automakers and American families. He said California would fight the
administration in federal court.

"You have no basis and no authority to pull this waiver," Becerra, a
Democrat, said in a statement, referring to Trump. "We're ready to fight
for a future that you seem unable to comprehend."

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the White House "has abdicated its
responsibility to the rest of the world on cutting emissions and fighting
global warming."

The president, though, claimed there would be “very little difference” in
emissions between the federal and California’s standard, but said cars
“will be far safer and much less expensive.” He also predicted that a new
national standard for fuel economy will result in more cars being produced
by the U.S. and more jobs.

The move comes after the Justice Department recently opened an antitrust
investigation into a deal between California and four automakers for
tougher pollution and related mileage requirements than those sought by

Trump also has sought to relax Obama-era federal mileage standards
nationwide, weakening a key effort by his Democratic predecessor to slow
climate change.

"We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not
mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation,” EPA
Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the National Automobile Dealers
Association Tuesday, adding that higher fuel economy standards would hurt
consumers by increasing the average sticker price of new cars and
requiring automakers to produce more electric vehicles.

Environmentalists condemned the Trump administration's move, which comes
as gasoline prices have crept higher following a weekend drone attack that
hobbled Saudi Arabian oil output.

"Everyone wins when we adopt strong clean car standards as our public
policy," said Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense Fund. "Strong
clean car standards give us healthier air to breathe, help protect us from
the urgent threat of climate change and save Americans hundreds of dollars
a year in gas expenses."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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