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EPA Reinstates California’s Right To Regulate Automotive Emissions

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. Last April, the Biden Administration cleared its first hurdle in reinstating California’s right to regulate automotive emissions by directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconsider Trump’s decision to block states from setting their own emissions standards. Now, the EPA has responded by reinstating California’s right to regular automotive emissions under the Clean Air Act.

“Today we proudly reaffirm California’s longstanding authority to lead in addressing pollution from cars and trucks,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Our partnership with states to confront the climate crisis has never been more important. With today’s action, we reinstate an approach that for years has helped advance clean technologies and cut air pollution for people not just in California, but for the U.S. as a whole.”

As Ford Authority reported in September of 2020, California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles starting in the year 2035. The Golden State also figures to play a big role in the future of EV battery production and is also a critical market for Ford Motor Company, which enjoyed an 8 percent market share last year as products like the 2022 Ford Maverick proved to be a hot commodity among residents.

Ford is well-positioned to take advantage of California’s ability to set its own emissions standards with big investments in EVs over the coming years, as well as a bevy of new electrified products on the way including the E-Transit and Ford F-150 Lightning. A recent study seemed to justify the benefits of all-electric trucks as well, as it found that those emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions from “cradle to grave” than ICE-powered pickups.

We’ll have the latest on 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

    Oh boy, let’s add more cost to the vehicles and fuel! Maybe when we get a new administration they will change it back again

    1. Everyday Patriot

      And just like that, kkkonservatives get their freak-out on about states’ rights.

      1. Bill

        Hate speech. Why is it ok to refer to someone as a member of the kkk for simply disagreeing? Does the moderator have a double standard?

        1. Everyday Patriot

          Gosh, I’m sure sorry I offended you!
          I guess my first amendment rights aren’t okay for everyone who has to witness me exercising them.
          I really apologize, though; with the weather getting nicer, maybe you can go outside and get some Sun on that thin skin of yours.

          1. Stephen Ketterer

            Everyday : 🖕🖕🖕

  2. Doctor

    Everyone complained when the first emmissions standards were implemented. The outcome was a success. Thank you Joe for supporting our environment and moving us into the future rather than back to the dark ages.


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