19 U.S. States Pledge To Sue Over Trump’s Fuel Efficiency Standards

Nineteen states in the United States have announced they will sue the Trump administration over its proposal to freeze fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and forcing states to follow suit.

The states, including California, say they want to halt the proposed rollback which could see Obama’s standards softened.

The Trump administration asserts that the fuel efficiency rollback will lower vehicle prices for consumers. However, critics say that the plan will accelerate climate change and raise fuel prices. The government also wants to strip California of its authority to set its own vehicle emission standards through the so-called California mandate, Autoblog reports.

California attorney general Xavier Becerra said the state “will use every legal tool at its disposal” to defend its strict standards.

“The Trump administration has launched a brazen attack, no matter how it is cloaked, on our nation’s Clean Car Standards,” he said.

Trump better prepare for a fight

The U.S. Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is to freeze fuel efficiency standards at 2020 levels through 2026. This would increase U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 barrels a day by the 2030s. The administration also claims that it could prevent up to 1000 traffic fatalities per year.

“The clean car standards are already saving our families billions at the pump, supporting nearly 300,000 American jobs, and cleaning up dangerous tailpipe pollution,” president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Rhea Suh said.

“We need to speed up that progress, not slide backward.”

The Trump administration will seek feedback on its proposal before finalizing its plans.

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  • Emoto

    The 2020 standards are fine. It is so refreshing to have people other than environmental extremists running things for a change.

    • Smith

      Yes, they are fine for 2020, but they are not fine for 2021 and beyond, so I support the protection of the planet and peoples lives by reducing fuel consumption and thereby reducing emissions that kill thousands every year. This can easily be done by the automotive manufacturers, instead of spending billions on autonomous and connected vehicle technology, they should focus on emissions and more efficient ICE engines which will help significantly.

      • danno

        Much bigger impact on improving air quality and using less fuel used would be incentivizing removing older 1970s ’80s 90s cars/trucks. Especially in California where vehicles last “forever”. Hard to do politically for the state …. so expect no action from moonbeam
        Same thing with glider kits for class 8 semi tractors. The buyers can run 1970s 1980s engines in a 2019 chassis… like wtf?

        • disqus_6VWOvIAZzr

          Why do so many people seem to get off on a more legally restrictive government? I hope that’s a false perception.

          We are running into the law of diminishing returns. The big hurdles in reducing pollution here are past. Why don’t these people campaign to ground the airline fleet? People want what they want. And they will go up a size class in vehicle, so it’s possible more energy is/will be used. Either way every dollar spent has some energy use to it. Re-use is more important before recycling. Maybe ‘hard to do politically’ is the people telling you some CA population areas are too dense?

          High regulation barrier, limited option markets are a bean-counting boardroom suit’s wet dream. The tech and earth worshippers are being lured into a trap.

          • Emoto

            Because environmental extremism is part of the cult of the left, and to them the end justifies the means. They love authoritarianism if it advances their beliefs.

  • Paul

    California is the only state mentioned and even at the link. Guaranteed to be both coasts plus. I’d like to see the list.

  • FactChecker90803

    All the EPA is doing, is removing an Obama ere Executive order, and since an Executive Order is Not a LAW, it can be removed by a successor Administration. Therefore I don’t see any of these states having Standing In Court.

  • Stephen G

    The bigger question is why do Republicans continue to support polluting the planet in the name of profits for big business?

  • brn

    The Federal Executive branch sets economy standards. Fine. The Federal Executive puts a halt to the progression of the economy it set before. Lawsuit?

    Either the Federal Executive has the power or it doesn’t. If it does, you’ve no case. If it doesn’t, the initial setting of the standards can be invalidated.

    I don’t get it.

  • Mr. EP9

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