AG Herring Joins Coalition Of States Defending National Auto Emission Standards

The Latest: Brown pledges fierce fight on vehicle emissions

The Latest: Brown pledges fierce fight on vehicle emissions

A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia is suing the Trump administration for blocking greenhouse gas emissions standards for vehicles that aimed to reduce air pollution and curb us drivers' contributions to the global climate crisis.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt last month announced that the EPA was rolling back an Obama-era plan to almost double federal fuel efficiency standards by 2025 to about 50 miles per gallon.

The EPA announced last month that it meant to roll back the landmark Obama-era rule tightening vehicle fuel standards that automakers agreed to in 2012.

The Obama rules adopted in 2012 sought to double average fleet-wide vehicle fuel efficiency to about 50 miles (80 km) per gallon by 2025, but included an evaluation due by April 2018 to determine if the rules were appropriate. "That's why, today, we're going to stop them", Schneiderman said.

The lawsuit, led by California, argues that President Donald Trump's EPA violated the Clean Air Act and failed to follow its own regulations when it announced last month that it was scrapping national vehicle emissions standards aimed at cutting oil consumption, air pollution and carbon emissions.

California officials say the standards are achievable and the EPA's effort to repeal them is not based on any new research. Twelve other states, including OR, have adopted the California standards as their own.

Automakers have likewise argued that the Obama-era rules would cost the industry billions of dollars and raise vehicle prices because of the cost of developing the necessary technology.

California has now sued the Trump administration more than 30 times on topics including immigration and health care policy.

"The states joining today's lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars", says Brown.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined Brown at the Capitol to announce the legal challenge, said the existing clean vehicle standards are achievable, science-based and "a boon for hardworking American families".

Today's lawsuit was filed by the Attorneys General of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania (also filed by and through its Department of Environmental Protection), Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The lawsuit filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeks to set aside and hold unlawful the Environmental Protection Agency's effort to weaken the existing clean auto rules.

"Enough is enough", said Xavier Becerra, California state attorney general.

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