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California Takes On Trump Administration Over Emissions

Sacramento, CA – A letter sent today by Governor Jerry Brown to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency has placed the Trump administration on notice that a federal challenge is in the works.

The official communication, sent to EPA head Scott Pruitt as President Donald Trump was addressing automakers in Detroit, was co-signed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, calls President Donald Trump’s decision and restated position to rollback emission standards in vehicles “an unconscionable gift to polluters” that puts the interests of big oil ahead of clean air and politics above science.

Among the included attachments were three reports providing analysis that indicates the US is already on track to meet the 2022-25 EPA-determined standards and would save consumers more than $1650 per vehicle; reduce oil consumption by nearly 40 billion gallons of fuel and greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons.

In tandem, court documents were filed on behalf of the State of California through the offices of Governor Brown, Attorney General Becerra and the Air Resources Board, requesting that US Court of Appeals grant a motion that would allow the state to intervene in a related lawsuit. Filed by the automobile manufacturers alliance against the EPA, it argues that the 2022-25 standards are not feasible.

If the state’s motion is granted, it will be able to help defend that they are, and so should remain in place.