White House Aims To Squash California Emissions Rules

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The White House and California are at odds over the fuel economy and California emissions rules that the state and four major automakers agreed to. The automakers that signed the California emissions agreement included Ford, Honda, BMW, and VW. One component of that agreement was that the automakers who signed the agreement wouldn’t fight Califonia on its right to set its fuel and emissions regulations.

The Trump administration is now moving forward with a plan that will revoke part of California’s ability to set its own economy rules for cars. The move will undoubtedly force a legal confrontation between the White House and California, one which could last for years. The Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs plans to submit a proposed “One National Program Rule” that would bar states from setting their own fuel economy rules.

The rule would be the latest weapon deployed by the White House to ensure a national level for fuel economy and emissions requirements that would be directed by Congress. Word of the move came from a source in Washington who wasn’t authorized to speak on the matter. The “One National Program” rule won’t be final until it is submitted to the Federal Register and approved under the federal government rulemaking process after the White House review process is completed.

Along with that proposed rule, the U.S. EPA is reportedly planning to revoke aspects of the Clean Air Act waiver that has been leveraged for years to set California emissions standards. The revocation of that would reportedly undo the California Advanced Clean Car Rule that calls for automakers to reduce pollution from new cars by 40 percent compared to 2012 levels by the year 2025. The Trump administration does reportedly plan to leave in place the California Low Emissions Vehicle standards that have been in a place since the ’90s.

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Source: The Detroit News

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Written by Shane McGlaun

Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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  1. The POTUS forgets that the official name of the nation is “The United States of America”, or a Union of States in the American continent. (we are not the only “Americans”). As such, each State can decide how to regulate its properties and population, as long as they don’t override Federal established Rights. So the emission rules decide by the Federal office can be over ridden by any State as they are not “rights” but limitations on emissions by vehicles. If this goes to a Federal court, California (and other States) will win.

    The POUTS will continue to lose oil sponsored campaign money, but, as a born idiot, he will not be reelected.

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