The Trump Administration is set to formally Revoke California's Tailpipe Waiver under the Clean Air Act. The move is a Major Strike in the ongoing Battle between the Trump Administration and California over the State’s Right to enact more Stringent Air Pollution Standards due to its Poor Air Quality.
The Announcement indicates the White House is moving ahead with Plans to Split its Auto Emissions Rule into Two Parts, a move seen as a way to Speed Up the Process of Finalizing the Hotly Debated Deregulation.
- The First Section of the Rule formally Revokes California’s Preemption and Waiver under the Clean Air Act. Removal of the Waiver would affect 13 Additional States that also follow California’s Clean Air Rules. It’s expected to quickly be Challenged in Court.
- The Second Part of the Rule will include a Final Decision over what Fuel Efficiency Levels to set Emissions at, starting in 2025.
It is Not yet known which of the Eight Fuel Economy Standard Alternatives the Trump Administration is Favoring, though it’s widely expected it will be Lower than the Obama Era Regulation.
The White House and President Trump, in particular, have increasingly lashed out at Moves by California to assert its Power to Regulate Auto Emissions Standards under the Clean Air Act.
Following an Announcement in July that the Golden State entered into its own Agreement with Four Automotive Manufacturers to set their Emissions Standards Higher than what is likely to be Proposed by the Trump Administration, other States and Canada joined, giving the Manufactures a wider Car Purchasing Base.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has Threatened to Sue the Trump Administration if it moved to Revoke the State's Waiver, which was Granted to them under the Obama Administration. “While the White House clings to the past, automakers and American families embrace cleaner cars. The evidence is irrefutable: today's clean car standards are achievable, science-based, and a boon for hardworking American families and public health," Becerra said in a Statement. "It’s time to remove your blinders, President Trump, and acknowledge that the only person standing in the way of progress is you. You have no basis and no authority to pull this waiver. We’re ready to fight for a future that you seem unable to comprehend,” he said.
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