President Trump Puts Smack Down On California With Plans To Strip Them of Their Ability To Regulate CO2 from Cars

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This is called ‘negotiating’ in Trump’s world: The President is going forward with the Administrations strategy of revoking California of their ability to enforce more intense and onerous fuel efficiency standards for autos. “At this point, we have to move to finalize,” stated Andrew Wheeler, head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), during  an interview on Monday with the Washington Examiner.

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The Daily Caller reports:

The EPA will introduce its final proposal sometime this spring that strips a waiver California and other states have long used to set tougher vehicle emission standards than the federal government, forcing every state in the U.S. to comply with the same rules.

The move to revoke California of its waiver comes as the Trump administration is also looking to freeze Obama-era efficiency rules meant to cut carbon emissions from the transportation industry. The EPA, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is finalizing a proposal to freeze vehicle efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, in lieu of raising them annually.

The White House argues the Obama-era rules render new cars too expensive, and would prompt consumers to rely on older models that are less safe and not as environmentally friendly.

Back in August, the Trump White House announced for the first time that they would be proposing shifting fuel economy standards to 37 miles per gallon in the year 2020. It was estimated by the Department of Transportation and the EPA that $500 billion would be saved in societal costs due to the freeze. They also predicted that roughly 1,000 traffic fatalities per year could be prevented.

Trump’s White House and the state of California got into quite a scuffle regarding the initial proposal. The state previously had the authority to set stricter standards than the federal government did.

The Daily Caller reports, “California officials and the Trump administration attempted to reach a compromise, but negotiations ended on February 21.”

“California didn’t really give us a legitimate counteroffer,” Wheeler stated. “They promised it after a couple weeks of our proposal, and we waited over 12 weeks before we got an answer. The answer we got really isn’t credible.”

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SOURCE: Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator for the Daily Caller

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