Trump to revoke California’s ability to set emission standards

September 18, 2019

President Donald Trump

The Trump administration is expected to announce plans to revoke California’s authority to set its own greenhouse gas and vehicle fuel efficiency standards. [Reuters]

Simultaneously, the administration aims to establish a single set of national fuel-economy standards. The move is expected to draw a legal challenge from California and possibly other states and may ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump administration plans would bar California from setting tailpipe emission standards and requiring zero emission vehicles. California wants 15.4 percent of vehicle sales by 2025 to be electric vehicles or other zero emission vehicles.

Another 10 states have also adopted similar requirements.

Additionally, the Trump administration plans to issue separate rules that will roll back Obama-era fuel economy requirements.

Federal regulators have supported freezing emissions requirements for new cars and trucks at 2020 levels through 2026. Trump administration officials say a final regulation will include a modest boost in annual efficiency requirements but far less than what the Obama administration set in 2012.

California has vowed to challenge the federal government’s effort to set emissions standards, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect the environment for future generations.

“We’ll see you in court if you stand in our way,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

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Unless he has been anointed King; Trump doesn’t have the authority to revoke it. The waiver is not an Administrative Rule (which can be revoked by a President), it is written into the law itself.

California’s waiver is written into the Clean Air Act, which is law for him to enforce not a Rule of an Agency.

According to the Clean Air Act Section 209 – State Standards, EPA SHALL grant a waiver unless it finds that California:

was arbitrary and capricious in its finding that its standards are in the aggregate at least as protective of public health and welfare as applicable federal standards;

does not need such standards to meet compelling and extraordinary conditions; or

has proposed standards not consistent with Section 202(a) of the Clean Air Act.

but should we guess you have no problem with King Newsom announcing his authority to decide immigration ( a federal issue) policy for California? As well as gun laws which violate the US Constitution.

Whataboutism is the non thinking mans defense.