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February 5, 2018

California Gears Up for Trump Battle on Car-Emissions Rules

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Bloomberg – California is prepared to fight back if the Trump administration tries to take away its right to stay tough on emissions, according to the state’s top clean-air regulator.

The state has special authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to make its own pollution and greenhouse-gas rules. Allies of President Donald Trump have said his administration may decide only the federal government can regulate car emissions and fuel economy, excluding California from such rule-making.

“I think there would be a war with many states lining up with California” if the state’s waiver is revoked, Mary Nichols, chairman of the California Air Resources Board, said Friday at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s The Future of Mobility Summit in Palo Alto, California.

The Air Resources Board, which is charged with setting emissions mandates for the country’s largest economy, is expected to go head-to-head this year with the White House’s conflicting views on automotive regulations. Although Trump has made no substantive proposal to disconnect federal clean-air targets from the state’s greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle rules, he said during the State of the Union that halting government mandates would “get the Motor City revving its engines” again, the latest signal of a potential showdown.

Read more at Bloomberg.

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