Delaware joins California in suing Trump Administration over California emissions issue

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Delaware joined California and 22 other states and the cities of Los Angeles and New York in filing a lawsuit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The lawsuit from Democratic attorneys general challenges the Trump Administration’s regulation designed to quash California’s greenhouse gas emissions and zero-emission vehicle standards.

The standards — authorized in 2013 by a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are followed, in whole or part, by two dozen states.

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The administration argues that moving to one emission standard will improve safety and lower the costs of vehicles.

“Two courts have alreadyupheld California’s emissions standards,rejecting the argument the Trump Administration resurrects to justify its misguided Preemption Rule. Yet, the administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health,”said California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “The Oval Office is really not a place for on-the-job training. President Trump should have at least read the instruction manual he inherited when he assumed the presidency, in particular, the chapter on respecting the Rule of Law. Mr. President, we’ll see you in court.”

Under the federal Clean Air Act, California may apply for a waiver from EPA to set its own vehicle emissions standards that are at least as stiff as the federal government’s standards, and EPA must approve the waiver unless it makes certain findings. Over the past 50 years, the EPA has granted 100 waivers to California. Thanks to California’s vehicle emissions program, the state has reduced emissions by hundreds of thousands of tons annually, encouraged the development of emission controls technologies, and paved the way for stronger federal standards, a release stated.

In January 2012, California adopted its comprehensive Advanced Clean Cars Program for cars and light-duty trucks in model years 2017 through 2025. The program combines the control of smog-causing pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions into a single package.

On its own, the California program would reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the state by approximately 14.4 million metric tons a year by 2025 and 25.2 million metric tons a year by 2030. When accounting for emissions savings from other states that have adopted California’s standards, the emission reductions nearly triple, the release claims.

In addition to Delaware attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia; as well as the cities of Los Angeles and New York joined the suit.

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