California sued the Trump administration for rescinding an Obama-era waiver that allows the state to require sales of electric vehicles and set stricter auto-emissions standards than the federal government.
The state claims the
Almost two dozen other states joined California’s lawsuit, filed Friday in Washington federal court, according to California Attorney General
In a statement, Becerra highlighted the long history of other states adopting California’s tougher rules to reduce smog and help tackle the worsening impacts of climate change.
“The Trump administration, on the other hand, has chosen to side with polluters,” Becerra said. “We believe we’re on the right side of history.”
The administration’s new policy relates to federal greenhouse gas standards for passenger vehicles and light trucks for model years 2021 to 2026.
Trump has also argued that his new policies will ensure that consumers can afford cars that could become out of reach under standards pushed by former President Barack Obama and blamed high gas prices for the California standards.
California in September filed a
The Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was accused in the lawsuit of ignoring repeated efforts by federal lawmakers to preserve California’s power to improve its air quality.
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