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Pennsylvania, 16 other states sue over plan to scrap car emission standards

02 May 2018

"Virginia is already feeling the effects of climate change, especially in our coastal areas, and can not afford a further delay of action to address this urgent threat to our economic and environmental well-being", said Attorney General Herring.

Leaked documents indicate that Pruitt intends to freeze fuel-economy standards after 2020 levels through 2026, which would stall automaker fleet-wide fuel economy requirements for automakers at 42 mpg, rather than 54.5 mpg by 2026 outlined by the Obama-era EPA.

"This phalanx of states will defend the nation's clean vehicle standards to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution", California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, said in a press release. Automakers cried foul and asked Trump to revive the review; he acquiesced in March past year. In 2012, California agreed to bring its regulations in accord with new standards set by the Obama administration, which sought to increase fuel economy for new vehicles by 2025.

The challenge marks California's 10th lawsuit against the EPA and its 32nd since Trump took office. "Clearly Administrator Pruitt has not upheld this critical mission, so the states have rightfully filed this lawsuit to hold the administration accountable to the rule of law".

California has now sued the Trump administration more than 30 times on topics including immigration and health care policy. "The only way we're going to overcome that is by reducing emissions". He said Pruitt and President Donald Trump "want people to buy more gas, create more pollution".

The one-paragraph petition asks the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review an April 13 EPA notice withdrawing the Obama administration's mid-term evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions targets for model years 2022-25 light-duty vehicles. "If Pruitt and Trump don't get it, they need to go". "The EPA would have better luck trying to require horse-and-buggies than they would trying to stop the push for cleaner vehicles", Bloomberg said in a statement. Pruitt's actions threaten California's leadership role on climate change. The California Air Resources Board also affirmed the standards were appropriate and that the federal government should continue to support a single national program for all states.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat-California, said EPA would be "inviting additional lawsuits" if it continues down the path of weakening the standards.

Critics of the EPA action say weakening the emission standards will put USA automakers at a disadvantage to overseas competitors. "The assault on the American auto industry is over", he told autoworkers.

Pennsylvania, 16 other states sue over plan to scrap car emission standards