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California Gears Up for Trump Battle on Car-Emissions Rules

Submitted by on February 5, 2018 – 4:17 pmNo Comment

by Mark Chediak, Dana Hull and John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Official sees ‘war’ if state’s rule-setting rights revoked; Air Resources Board planning zero-emissions bus proposal  —  …   The state has special authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to make its own pollution and greenhouse-gas rules. Allies of President Donald Trump have said his administration may decide only the federal government can regulate car emissions and fuel economy, excluding California from such rule-making.

The Air Resources Board, which is charged with setting emissions mandates for the country’s largest economy, is expected to go head-to-head this year with the White House’s conflicting views on automotive regulations. Although Trump has made no substantive proposal to disconnect federal clean-air targets from the state’s greenhouse gas and zero-emission vehicle rules, he said during the State of the Union that halting government mandates would “get the Motor City revving its engines” again, the latest signal of a potential showdown.

 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will propose new federal fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks by March 30, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to decide by April 1 whether tailpipe emissions standards for model years 2022 through 2025 should be revised.

The U.S. rules are today aligned with California’s as part of a deal struck by Obama regulators to raise the average fuel economy of new cars and light trucks to more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. That translates to roughly 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving.

But if Trump softens the federal rules, California will have to decide whether to keep its stricter regulations unchanged. Doing so would force auto manufacturers to deal with a patchwork of regulation.

Mayors of some of the state’s largest cities wrote a letter to the board earlier this week encouraging incentives and regulatory measures to spur a shift toward electric buses from ones that spew diesel and natural gas emissions. READ MORE

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