California and 23 other states on Friday sued the Trump government for limiting its ability to restrict auto emissions, paving the way for a court battle over state rights and climate change.
This lawsuit follows President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that his government was canceling a California waiver for the last 50 years to set its own vehicle emission standards, which are more stringent than those imposed by the federal government.
“Two courts have already upheld California’s emissions standards, rejecting the argument the Trump Administration resurrects to justify its misguided Preemption Rule,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
“Mr. President, we’ll see you in court,” he added.
Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board said: “This is the fight of a lifetime for us, We have to win this, and I believe we will.”
Trump’s announcement this week comes after California reached an agreement with major automakers to produce more fuel-efficient cars for the US market. The exasperated federal authorities claimed that the agreement violated antitrust laws.
The administration argues that higher standards lead to higher costs for consumers, depressing the new car market and resulting in more old and unsafe vehicles on the roads.
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