Trump bars Cal­i­for­nia from set­ting stricter auto mileage stan­dards

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD - By Michael Biesecker and Adam Beam

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced Wed­nes­day that his ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­vok­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s author­ity to set auto mileage stan­dards stricter than those is­sued by fed­eral reg­u­la­tors, a move crit­ics said would re­sult in less fuel ef­fi­cient cars that cre­ate more planet-warm­ing pol­lu­tion.

In a tweet, Trump said his ac­tion would re­sult in less ex­pen­sive and safer cars. He also pre­dicted Amer­i­cans would pur­chase more new cars, which would re­sult in cleaner air as older models are taken off the roads.

“Many more cars will be pro­duced un­der the new and uni­form stan­dard, mean­ing sig­nif­i­cantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Au­tomak­ers should seize this op­por­tu­nity be­cause with­out this al­ter­na­tive to Cal­i­for­nia, you will be out of busi­ness,” Trump tweeted.

U.S. au­tomak­ers con­tend that with­out year-over-year in­creases in fuel ef­fi­ciency that align with global mar­ket re­al­i­ties their ve­hi­cles could be less com­pet­i­tive, po­ten­tially re­sult­ing in job losses. How­ever, most of the in­dus­try fa­vors in­creases in stan­dards that are less than the Obama-era re­quire­ments, con­tend­ing that con­sumers are buy­ing less-ef­fi­cient SUVs and trucks in­stead of more ef­fi­cient cars.

Top Cal­i­for­nia of­fi­cials and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups pledged le­gal ac­tion Wed­nes­day to stop the roll­back.

“You can’t get se­ri­ous about cli­mate change un­less you are se­ri­ous about ve­hi­cle emis­sions, said Cal­i­for­nia Gov. Gavin New­som, a Demo­crat. “This is such a piv­otal mo­ment in the his­tory of the cli­mate change de­bate.”

It’s not clear what the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will pro­pose as its fi­nal fuel-ef­fi­ciency rules, but in the past it has fa­vored freez­ing Obama-era mileage stan­dards at 2021 lev­els. Un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quire­ments, the fleet of new ve­hi­cles would have to av­er­age 30 mpg in real-world driv­ing by 2021, ris­ing to 36 mpg in 2025. Cur­rently the stan­dard is 26 mpg.

A study re­leased by Con­sumer Re­ports in Au­gust found that the owner of a 2026 ve­hi­cle will pay over $3,300 more for gaso­line dur­ing the life of a ve­hi­cle if the stan­dards are frozen at 2021 lev­els.

Cal­i­for­nia’s author­ity to set its own, tougher emis­sions stan­dards goes back to a waiver is­sued by Congress dur­ing pas­sage of the Clean Air Act in 1970.

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