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Biden Administration Works To Reinstate California Emissions Authority

Back in 2019, then-President Donald Trump set forth in motion a plan that would eventually strip California and other states of their ability to set their own emissions and fuel economy standards. Regardless, Ford and a number of other automakers reached a voluntary agreement with the state to adopt those stricter California emissions standards, and now, the Biden Administration has cleared its first hurdle in reinstating California emissions authority completely.

That first step comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has now proposed to withdraw its portions of the Trump-era rule. This follows President Joe Biden‘s executive order, issued back in January, that directed the EPA and the Department of Transportation to reconsider Trump’s decision to block states from setting their own emissions standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates, as well as direct a review of light vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

“The transportation sector is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gasses in our economy, which means it can and must be a big part of the climate solution,” said Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg. “This proposed rule would be an important step towards protecting public health and combating climate change.”

“States have been leading the way, especially over the last four years, when it comes to cleaning up pollution and addressing climate change,” said NHTSA administrator Steven Cliff. “NHTSA’s proposed rule would remove unnecessary barriers to state leadership in regulating greenhouse gases and other air pollutants that spew from the tailpipes of cars.”

The NHTSA has opened a 30-day comment period on the withdrawal notice, and if it is finalized, the regulatory action would no longer prevent states from implementing rules that are stricter than federal standards. Additionally, the EPA is expected to restore a waiver previously provided to California that allows it to limit tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions, which will be followed by a 30- to 60-day comment period.

These moves follow Biden’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, a move backed by Ford that he announced yesterday at a virtual climate summit, and reinstating California emissions authority would be another step toward reaching that goal.

We’ll have the latest on these changing emissions standards as they happen, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Greggt

    What a mess!! Each statewide have its own standard, nothing like adding to the cost of manufacturing!




    More regulations just what a weak economy needs.

  4. CJ

    Whatever happened to fiscal responsibility?

  5. GA

    Biden Administration is a joke!

  6. Tom

    California doesn’t generate enough electricity now to meet its current demands. I don’t remember the exact amount, but it’s a high percentage that it buys from other states. This will be interesting to see how they are able to charge all of their EV’s.
    This is going to be fun (really it will be sad) watching this EV transition take place. Between the massive environmental damage from manufacturing tens of millions of automotive lithium battery packs ANNUALLY, to building thousands of huge ugly wind turbines required to replace the energy now provided by gasoline; the greenies’ heads will explode. It will be up to the remaining sane people to clean up their mess.

  7. Greggt

    Just looked it up, California power rates are 45% above the national average and imports 33% of its electricity. It is rated to have the least reliable electricity in the nation.

  8. Mike says..

    The devil is always in the details….. the prior administration was more meddlesome than helpful in attempting to strip California and other states of their ability to set their own emissions and fuel economy standards. I doubt any of you would be happy having the feds dictate the way forward on all things automotive. Before your head explodes….. it does not matter which party is in power. Delegation of authority is central to a market economy…. and the current administration is trying hard not to be big brother. I should not have to remind you that what works on west coast is always the same or even wanted on the east coast.

  9. Greggt

    as I mentioned above, allowing each state to set their own standards would be a Cluster on Steroids! Imagine the cost and logistics involved which ultimately be born by the consumer.

  10. Bob Dobson

    Do the people in California think electricity comes from magic fairy dust?

    Coal and gas generate the bulk of electricity in the USA you dope smoking vegan Social Justice Warriors.

    Stop taking advice from teenage lesbian autistic college dropouts and rely on science.

  11. Todd Priest

    This guy is a joke. He will go down as the worst POTUS ever. Almost as if he’s trying to be the worst.

  12. Rob

    Having different emissions standards would make crossing state lines a legal nightmare. Pass in one state but not another. Huge opportunity for law enforcement to hand out more noncompliance tickets and increase that state’s revenue. It could happen but not in the state of Washington where emissions testing was discontinued January of 2020. Most newer cars hardly pollute at all and with the advent of more EV’s who really cares anymore.


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