Magazine article Earth Island Journal

Revving Up Resistance

Magazine article Earth Island Journal

Revving Up Resistance

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In the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the Trump administration and the Golden State over climate change regulations, a California-led coalition including 16 other states and the District of Columbia sued the administration in early May over its plans to scrap Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for cars and SUVs.

"The state of California is not looking to pick a fight with the Trump administration, but we are ready for one, especially when the stakes are so high for our families, our health, and the planet," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference announcing the move.

The lawsuit, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, called the US Environmental Protection Agency's effort to weaken fuel efficiency standards unlawful and a violation of the Clean Air Act. The EPA had said in April that it would revise the standards, which administrator Scott Pruitt called "too high."

The landmark 2012 fuel economy rules were a key part of a joint effort by the Obama administration and California officials to combat global warming. Under those rules, vehicles would have to get 36 miles of real-world driving per gallon (55 miles per gallon under test conditions), about 10 miles over the existing standard, by 2025.

"These standards represent the biggest single step any nation has ever taken to tackle the problem of global warming," Dan Barker, director of Safe Climate Campaign and a well-known clean vehicles advocate, told Earth Island Journal. …

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