Donald Trump confirmed on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency will revoke California's waiver that allows it to require automakers to build cleaner vehicles than federal requirements demand - a move that will set off a massive legal battle.
"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 wrote on Twitter.
US automakers contend that without a substantial increase in fuel efficiency, their vehicles will be less competitive globally, which could potentially result in job losses.
Calling it a "political vendetta", California Governor Gavin Newsom, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Mary Nichols, the state's top clean air regulator, said Trump's action would compromise public health and leave the USA auto industry behind in the global race to build electric vehicles.
While anxious that California's electric vehicle mandates will be costly, global automakers have little choice but to develop battery electric cars and trucks because Europe and China are pushing ahead with rules requiring them. "This is such a pivotal moment in the history of the climate change debate". Administration officials say the final regulation will include a modest boost in annual efficiency requirements but far less than what the Obama administration set in 2012. Now the standard is 26 mpg.
In a series of tweets, Trump argued that auto prices would fall after he lowered the pollution standards and that the lower prices would allow people to upgrade to newer, more environmentally friendly vehicles.
California officials, Democratic presidential candidates, and environmental groups countered that Trump's action benefits only the oil industry. 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. Trump tweeted that vehicles would be "far less expensive" and "substantially SAFER".
The president said the revocation would ultimately be good for the environment as well as consumers.
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While Trump has smeared Los Angeles, San Francisco and other big cities' homeless woes as disgraceful and faulted the "liberal establishment", the problem is much broader, and courts have limited what cities can do to clean up encampments. In 2007, when Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor, President George W. Bush's administration denied California's bid to place first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas limits on cars and trucks.
California has set its own air pollution rules since the late 1960s. "I think it's important - and this is true for many countries in the world - that cities and states and regions have a capacity to develop all positive measures in relation to climate action".
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the Trump administration's action will hurt both us automakers and American families. "We're ready to fight for a future that you seem unable to comprehend".
Trump's move comes after the Justice Department opened an antitrust investigation into a deal between California and four automakers for tougher pollution and related mileage requirements than those sought by Trump. That compares with 4.7% yearly reductions through 2025 under the Obama standards. Emissions standards are closely linked with fuel economy requirements because vehicles pollute less if they burn fewer gallons of fuel.
The Trump administration has argued that lowering the emission standards would allow auto manufacturers to sell their vehicles at a lower price, thus encouraging people to buy new vehicles that would be more fuel-efficient and produce cleaner emissions than older vehicles. But fuel economy has been one of the key regulatory tools the state has used to reduce harmful emissions.
- Even though his primary mission during his two-day visit to California was to raise millions for his re-election campaign, President Trump made a point of deriding the state's handling of its homeless crisis, specifically saying that there is a lot of pollution created by the situation including needles that end up flowing into the San Francisco bay.