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White House Told EPA to Ready California Autos Challenge in 2017

June 1, 2018, 9:24 PM

President Donald Trump was mulling a move to revoke California’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks during his earliest days in office, an email released through a public-records request shows.

In early February 2017, Environmental Protection Agency transition official David Schnare emailed EPA attorney Kevin Minoli to relay instructions from a White House aide: Prepare for an executive order “in the near future” directing the agency to reconsider Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards and revoke California’s waiver allowing it to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump never ordered the second half of that ...