USA states to sue Trump administration over freezing fuel efficiency requirements

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The Natural Resources Council of ME said the changes will result in more harmful pollutants drifting into ME - which already has among the nation's highest asthma rates - and "adds insult to injury by also eliminating states' rights to set our own clean auto standards". "But if not, I'd remind them that California has won this battle before". According to the EPA's proposal, "Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks", the agency would amend the rules to retain standards for model year 2020. "We urge California and the federal government to find a common sense solution that sets continued increases in vehicle efficiency standards while also meeting the needs of America's drivers".

Under the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation set requirements for how much gas per mile new cars should use, saying that the standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

The waiver allows the state to set tougher tailpipe rules than the federal ones. Several other states followed California's guidelines, creating a fragmented set of standards across the country. The state, and others that have adopted the standard, have vowed to fight in court.

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The EPA and NHTSA are giving the public 60 days to provide feedback to the new proposal. "The Trump administration has launched a brazen attack, no matter how it is cloaked, on our nation's clean vehicle standards", Becerra said on Twitter. "Thanks to emissions and efficiency rules, consumers have saved billions of dollars on fuel over the last 5 years and pollution has dropped". Requiring auto makers to reach ever-increasing standards would now be too expensive, putting the cost of vehicles increasingly out of reach. The plan, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, asserts that lower fuel economy standards will save lives - the higher price of more fuel-efficient vehicles (about $2,300 more per auto, they say) encourages some people to continue driving older, less-safe vehicles, the agencies say.

In addition, officials from the EPA and DOT, in a joint teleconference, said older cars are less safe, potentially increasing the number of those killed on the road. Sales did begin to tail off at the end of 2017.

The greatest increase in greenhouse gas emissions would happen in the 2030s because electric cars will grow significantly by the 2040s, the Energy Innovation analysis found.

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"We have already harvested the low-hanging fruit", King said of fuel-efficiency technology. Most involved in the 2012 rules agreed the goals were achievable, he said.

Climate change is real. "We are prepared to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan".

"My job as the state's attorney general is to protect my state's rights and interests and the environmental rights of all Pennsylvanians", Shapiro said.

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