California to Sue EPA because of Trump’s Emissions Rollbacks The battle rages on for the federal government and California when it escalated last week. California filed a lawsuit against the EPA and NHTSA because of the Trump administration’s proposed plan to freeze emissions and fuel efficiency regulations at the 2020 levels. The proposal also includes a point that says California cannot set any stricter standards than what the EPA/NHTSA have set. California is hoping that the lawsuit forces the government agencies to turn over the data and documents they used to make their decision to roll back the regulations for fuel efficiency and emissions. The state is claiming that the NHTSA and EPA are withholding information and haven’t responded to the Freedom of Information Act requests California government wants to review. Current Regulations The Obama administration put in place the current regulations, which calls for the fuel efficiency levels to rise up to 46.7 mpg by the year 2026. However, the Trump administration desires to freeze the mpg increases at 37 mpg, which is what it is set to be next year, in 2020. This federal proposal could end California’s ability to set its preferred emissions and fuel efficiency standards, as well. Twelve other states also use California’s standards. For example, the California Air Resource Board worked with the Obama administration in 2011 to help start the strict standards. However, the Trump administration chose to end all talks with California in February of this year. The federal government asked the automakers to support the freezes, though many of these automakers oppose the freeze, as well. Most automakers agree that the fuel economy levels must rise, but reflect that more SUVs and trucks are on the market than ever before and the numbers may be unreachable. The EPA is set to have the final emissions rulings published by early summer. Engaging sentence: California is currently suing the NHTSA and EPA to see documentation as to why the emissions rollback is going ahead as planned by the Trump administration.


The battle rages on for the federal government and California when it escalated last week. California filed a lawsuit against the EPA and NHTSA because of the Trump administration’s proposed plan to freeze emissions and fuel efficiency regulations at the 2020 levels. The proposal also includes a point that says California cannot set any stricter standards than what the EPA/NHTSA have set.

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California is hoping that the lawsuit forces the government agencies to turn over the data and documents they used to make their decision to roll back the regulations for fuel efficiency and emissions. The state is claiming that the NHTSA and EPA are withholding information and haven’t responded to the Freedom of Information Act requests California government wants to review.

Current Regulations

The Obama administration put in place the current regulations, which calls for the fuel efficiency levels to rise up to 46.7 mpg by the year 2026. However, the Trump administration desires to freeze the mpg increases at 37 mpg, which is what it is set to be next year, in 2020.

This federal proposal could end California’s ability to set its preferred emissions and fuel efficiency standards, as well. Twelve other states also use California’s standards. For example, the California Air Resource Board worked with the Obama administration in 2011 to help start the strict standards.

However, the Trump administration chose to end all talks with California in February of this year. The federal government asked the automakers to support the freezes, though many of these automakers oppose the freeze, as well. Most automakers agree that the fuel economy levels must rise, but reflect that more SUVs and trucks are on the market than ever before and the numbers may be unreachable. The EPA is set to have the final emissions rulings published by early summer.

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California to Sue EPA because of Trump’s Emissions Rollbacks The battle rages on for the federal government and California when it escalated last week. California filed a lawsuit against the EPA and NHTSA because of the Trump administration’s proposed plan to freeze emissions and fuel efficiency regulations at the 2020 levels. The proposal also includes a point that says California cannot set any stricter standards than what the EPA/NHTSA have set. California is hoping that the lawsuit forces the government agencies to turn over the data and documents they used to make their decision to roll back the regulations for fuel efficiency and emissions. The state is claiming that the NHTSA and EPA are withholding information and haven’t responded to the Freedom of Information Act requests California government wants to review. Current Regulations The Obama administration put in place the current regulations, which calls for the fuel efficiency levels to rise up to 46.7 mpg by the year 2026. However, the Trump administration desires to freeze the mpg increases at 37 mpg, which is what it is set to be next year, in 2020. This federal proposal could end California’s ability to set its preferred emissions and fuel efficiency standards, as well. Twelve other states also use California’s standards. For example, the California Air Resource Board worked with the Obama administration in 2011 to help start the strict standards. However, the Trump administration chose to end all talks with California in February of this year. The federal government asked the automakers to support the freezes, though many of these automakers oppose the freeze, as well. Most automakers agree that the fuel economy levels must rise, but reflect that more SUVs and trucks are on the market than ever before and the numbers may be unreachable. The EPA is set to have the final emissions rulings published by early summer. Engaging sentence: California is currently suing the NHTSA and EPA to see documentation as to why the emissions rollback is going ahead as planned by the Trump administration.

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