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15:55  19 september  2019
15:55  19 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The Trump administration will argue that barring California from setting its own stricter rules will provide automakers with regulatory certainty and also argue that the lower emissions standards will reduce the future price of vehicles. Environmental groups contend Americans will spend more in fuel

The Trump administration will argue that barring California from setting its own stricter rules will provide automakers with regulatory certainty and also argue that the lower emissions standards will reduce the future price of vehicles. Environmental groups contend Americans will spend more in fuel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Thursday it is revoking California's authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards and to require some zero-emission vehicles - a decision that will spark a massive legal battle over the future of U.S. vehicles and the most populous state's regulatory role.

Trump administration bars California from requiring cleaner cars© Reuters/Mike Blake FILE PHOTO: Morning commuters travel in rush hour traffic toward Los Angeles, California

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement the decision will ensure nationwide rules that provide "much-needed regulatory certainty for the automotive industry." Currently, California's more stringent vehicle emissions rules are also followed by a dozen other states that account for than 40% of U.S. vehicle sales.

Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules

Trump Will End California’s Authority to Set Stricter Auto Emissions Rules The Trump administration is expected on Wednesday to formally revoke California’s legal authority to set tailpipe pollution rules that are stricter than federal rules.

President Donald Trump announced that his administration is revoking California ’s authority to set auto Trump ’s tweet does not address the money consumers would save at the gas pump if cars got better Trump ’s claim that his proposal would result in a cleaner environment is contrary to his own

The Trump administration will argue that barring California from setting its own stricter rules will provide automakers with regulatory certainty and also argue that the lower emissions standards will reduce the future price of vehicles. Environmental groups contend Americans will spend more in fuel

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement the decision ensures "no state has the authority to opt out of the nation's rules, and no state has the right to impose its policies on the rest of the country."

Revocation of California's ability to set its own standards is part of a multipronged battle by the Trump administration to counter the state's efforts to reshape the mix of vehicles driven by Americans. The administration also plans to finalize in coming months a separate rule that would roll back fuel-efficiency standards set under preceding President Barack Obama.

Trump axes California's right to set own fuel emissions standards

Trump axes California's right to set own fuel emissions standards President Donald Trump on Wednesday barred California from setting its own vehicle emissions standards, kicking off a battle that is likely to last well beyond the 2020 presidential election. 

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke California 's authority to require automakers to build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements demand - a decision that will set off a massive legal battle. It marks the latest move in the Trump .

President Donald Trump and California are going to war over who should set U.S. standards for vehicle emissions and electric cars , foreshadowing a legal The Trump administration will announce in the coming weeks a separate rule to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for light vehicles.

The Obama-era rules called for a fleetwide fuel efficiency average of 46.7 miles (75 kilometers) 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.

In a joint statement with the EPA, the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is affirming that federal law preempts state and local regulation of vehicle fuel economy.

Meanwhile the EPA said in the statement it is withdrawing the Clean Air Act waiver granted to California in January 2013 for its tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions and zero emission vehicle regulations.

Reuters reported Wednesday the agencies will cite the California's voluntary agreement with four automakers reached in July in its rationale to revoke the waiver.

Trump on Wednesday characterized the planned step as a win for consumers, saying vehicles would be less expensive and safer under federal requirements.

Commentary: Why is Trump so desperate to make California's air more polluted?

Commentary: Why is Trump so desperate to make California's air more polluted? Well, President Donald Trump huffed and puffed and now, finally, he's getting on with his efforts to blow California's house down. Trump, who has a bizarre desire to increase air pollution in the United States, has for months threatened to withdraw California's authority under the Clean Air Act to set its own limits for auto emissions. And now word comes from Washington that he is indeed seeking to revoke the waiver that allows California to set its own tailpipe emissions standards for cars and light-duty trucks, as it has done for more than five decades. His reason? He doesn’t really have one. It’s mostly out of pique.

The Trump administration will revoke California ’s authority to set its own vehicle greenhouse gas California , which had a waiver under the Clean Air Act to exceed the national standards by Donald Trump met with senior officials on Thursday and agreed to greenlight the plan to bar California from

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California 's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators

Officials in California rejected those claims and vowed to fight any attempt by the federal government to restrict the state's ability to set its own standards on vehicle emissions and electric cars.

Calling it a "political vendetta," California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Mary Nichols, the state's top clean air regulator, said Trump's action would compromise public health and leave the U.S. auto industry behind in the global race to build electric vehicles.

Automakers are caught in the middle.

While worried that California's electric vehicle mandates will be costly, global automakers have little choice but to develop battery electric cars and trucks because Europe and China are pushing ahead with rules requiring them.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a trade group representing General Motors Co , Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T>, Volkswagen AG , Ford Motor Co and others, declined on Wednesday to take a position on Trump's revocation of California's waiver.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Writing by Alexandria Sage; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Kenneth Maxwell)

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