California And 22 Other States Sue U.S. Government Over Auto Emissions Standards

A group of 23 states, led by California, sued the U.S. government in order to block ITS decision to prevent them from setting their own emission standards.

Apart from California, the states include New York, Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland and Massachusetts.

The U.S. Transportation Department and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that federal law preempts state and local fuel economy regulations, including California’s own standards that have been adopted by a dozen other states.

Also Read: EPA Revokes California’s Emissions Waiver, Launches “One National Program Rule”

The expected legal challenge from the 23 states doesn’t include a parallel decision by the EPA to revoke California’s 2013 Clean Air Act waiver to set emissions standards, which will not take effect until late November, Reuters reports.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington and marks the beginning in the war that has been brewing between the Trump administration and state officials over the U.S. fuel economy and emissions standards.

“Mr. President, we’ll see you in court,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. Becerra added that the Transportation Department’s determination was unlawful and that the Trump administration misread federal law and ignored the Congress, claiming that “the administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health”.

  • Mr. EP9

    Just sit back and watch the fireworks. This is going to get nasty.

    • Ben

      And needlessly time consuming.

  • Craig

    What a complete waste of time and tax payers dollars. SHAME on all 22 of those states. All other problems have been taken care of. Is that it?

    • AintYerPa

      And even if they win, how exactly do they plan on enforcing their win??? Like you said – waste of time an money… Our money.

    • HD

      The other way around. Shame on the incompetent narrow-minded idiots who think cars with higher fuel consumption will be cheaper and safer. Luckily there are these 22 states that have sense and are going against these imbeciles. Our environment is way more important than showing your middle finger to Obama and the liberals!

      • Craig

        To what end? To show their middle finger to Trump and the conservatives?

        • badcyclist

          No, that is precisely what the petulant man-child Trump is doing to California.

        • HD

          Do you think we protect the environment to show the middle finger to Trump? Nobody cares about him, it’s about the US car industry. Strict emission standards are great. They are good for you, they are a good way to motivate manufacturers to innovate and this would keep the US car industry competitive on an international level.

          • Craig

            You make is sound as though Trump is saying, “Pollute at will!”

          • Joe

            He basically is saying that, by relaxing regulations, removing protections, etc. He has stated many times he wants to bring back the coal industry, let it and the mining industry do whatever they want, and he thinks protections for national parks, wildlife, people and in particular water sources are in the way of industry. So yes, that to me does scream “pollute at will” and it is a disgusting stance to take.

          • Craig

            So what are imagining? Coal-powered Ford Explorers?

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          So trying to protect the environment is a middle finger to Trump and conservatives? Do you see how flawed your logic is.

          • Craig

            ‘Trying to protect the environment’ SOUNDS so incredibly wonderful doesn’t it? As I see it – what Trump and the ‘conservatives’ have done will have no effect whatsoever on anything insofar as how much cars/trucks pollute. Four major auto manufacturers have already declared that they will continue to move forward with their plans to make what what build more and more environmentally friendly. I SAY… investing all of this time and money on trying to fight what Trump has done while mentally deranged and often extremely dangerous people take every drug imaginable and literally defecate at will in public in cities like San Francisco is unforgivable.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            What Trump has done, really? And please stop with the San Francisco homelessness right wing propaganda. Yes there are a few streets where the homeless congregate but the city on a whole is one of the most affluent in the country. Why don’t you guys work on fixing your welfare and federal aid dependent states before you talk about a few poor sidewalks. Maybe if eight winged states could didn’t have crappy right to work policies that keep people broke they wouldn’t have to emigrate to California due to its all round temperate climate.

          • Craig

            “…the San Francisco homelessness right wing propaganda.” That’s ALL I need to know about you. Have a nice day.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            This is what I find hilarious. You refuse to focus on your states poverty issues but love to talk about the homeless in San Francisco.

      • SteersUright

        Well said!

  • charlotteharry57

    What I fail to understand is that the manufacturers WANT the states to be able to set their own standards. Does that make sense to you? If each state has its own standards, how on earth would manufacturers comply with, say, vastly differing standards? 50 of them?

    • Joe

      The solution would be to go for the highest standard.
      The federal standards are lacking, and they have to develop the cleaner tech for other markets (such as the EU, Japan, etc.) anyway. If a US state (such as CA) comes close to setting these standards on its own, it gives manufacturers more of an excuse to use the same engine (which costs more to develop and make, so they can charge more for the car) across more markets where the rest of the car’s spec is otherwise as high as what US/EU consumers all expect, which also simplifies production processes.
      The differing standards only become problematic when they are wildly different in different areas that don’t mesh together, such as in vehicle structure and other such things (like when US market versions of foreign models had the giant bumpers added to ruin the design).

      To complicate this further, these kind of differing standards don’t matter once we talk about different production facilities for markets with differing standards. For example, in the 2000s the Renault Clio built in France and built in Brazil looked outwardly identical, but the one built in Brazil had a weaker structure (less spot welds, lower quality material), less safety kit, more polluting engines, etc., because they didn’t have to worry about building cars there for other much stricter markets.

      I hope this makes sense..?

    • SteersUright

      Simple. You comply with the strictest and challenge your engineers to produce the very best, cleanest and most appealing product.

  • eb110americana

    I live in LA, and I check a pollution-levels website on a daily basis. The smog here is real, and can get very bad when conditions are right. We have over 10 million people in LA County, which means many cars as well. Anyone who says this is just a power trip on California’s part, clearly does not have first hand knowledge of what they are talking about.

    That said, cars are pretty clean nowadays. We need to also focus that effort on things with no emissions controls, like leaf blowers and other gardening equipment (if you look at the data, their pollution levels are insane). There is also a fair amount of industrial and commercial pollution, from small businesses that break the law (say, painting cars outdoors or venting to atmosphere) and large corporations that use heavy political influence to keep their ability to dump pollutants into the air and environment.

    • HD

      California as the rest of the world is being polluted mostly by the animal agriculture. Watch Cowspiracy on Netflix. The number one polluter is meat industry, but nobody gives a damn because meat is tasty. The numbers are staggering, you will see it in the documentary movie.

      • SteersUright

        What about air travel, ocean freighters, 18-wheelers, coal plants in China/India, tens of millions of dirty cars in most 3rd world capitals, plastics in the ocean now infesting nearly every bite of salmon you might take, etc.? It isnt any one thing. Agribusiness is definitely a contributor but this will take a wholesale effort to get right in short order.

  • Ben

    Everyone clearly has an opinion, but I have not seen the science/facts behind Trump’s choice nor the science/facts that cleaner vehicles are actively making a difference for each state’s air quality. I see a lot of emotional responses, name calling, tired rhetoric, but not citations that supports the choice made or opposition. At the end of the day, I highly doubt automakers are going to actively say “lets make a car with worse fuel economy and creates more pollution”. The market would not stand for it and the consumer’s dollar be the driving incentive for automakers to produce more efficient and clean vehicles.

    • HD

      You have not seen facts that cleaner vehicles are making difference in the air quality? Are you joking? Of course the emission standard should be strict nationwide, but if that’s not possible, each state must do everything to stop this nonsense.

      • jimie orleg

        Maybe if these sanctuary states stopped letting unlimited illegals in and either allowing now, or pushing hard to give them all drivers lisc,

        • Alduin

          I demand an environmental impact report on all the illegal aliens in our country.

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          Crazy right winger spotted.

      • Ben

        Then please, show us accredited citations for each side. That’s what’s being asked. We must first get on the same page.

    • donald seymour

      I’m surprised that you kept it so short. Thanks.

      • Ben

        I try. Mike Anonymous, another commenter who details a lot within their post, perfectly uses bold and underlined words to emphasize the heart of their post. I use it as a form of tl;dr.

  • GobbleUp

    F Trump and supporters.

    • Afi Keita James

      f*** you too.

      • SteersUright

        Interesting you curse back yet judging by your name you wouldn’t exactly be very popular with Trump and his racist administration. Something to think about…

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          Don’t mind him. He’s autistic and lives off of welfare.

          • Alduin

            Nah thats liberals like yourself who mooch off taxpayers.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            One, I’m not a liberal. Two, republican states by far are the most welfare and federal aid dependent states in the country. Sorry to break that news to you.

          • Alduin

            Yeah you’re a liberal douchebag who needs to stfu and doesn’t know wtf he’s talking about.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            How can you call someone something they tell you they’re not? You fools treat the word liberal like it’s a slur and when you can’t argue a matter you use it like it’s an all winning panic button. And how can I not know what I’m talking about when I just gave you solid facts? Your refusal to accept them prices you have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Hey deeznutz1981, are you finally a proud man yet? Have you seen the brightline train pass lately? Did you remove the 12 inch gap in your teeth?

  • SteersUright

    Good for them! Any states striving to make the USA cleaner and less polluted for their citizens shouldn’t succumb to this rich bully.

    • Alduin

      Oh so everyone should be forced to drive EVs or really gutless cars due to emissions according to your liberal logic?

      • SteersUright

        No, every housewife should drive muscley diesel dualies and pollute the bejeezus out of the environment because self-serving republicans like you should always get your way no matter who else you may harm. Grow up, there are others sharing this planet with you.

        • gambit gamboa

          Can you buy me a Tesla? Ill go green if you buy me a Tesla, I want a P100D though. No? Then stfu.

          • SteersUright

            – Hey dad, I want to be rich and successful one day.
            – Ok son, then work hard, get educated, save smartly & give it your best shot.
            – No dad, give me the money or I’ll kill myself.

            The above is your argument in essence. Sorry my spoiled dim-witted son, there are no freebies in life. You want a Tesla so bad? Make it happen. I believe in you (not really though).

          • gambit gamboa

            LOL you didnt even get the point. Getting a Tesla is a luxury item, if you wanted people to buy EVs then maybe they should make the cars cheaper than ICE cars. Nobody is going to pay a premium to drive a sh1tbox EV when most of the people buying them have to put food on the table and they can get a regular car 20% cheaper.

            + I would never drive that garbage they call a Tesla, I like my GTR much more.

        • Alduin

          Yet its people like you who trash the environment. Ever seen “green” protests? environmentalists always leave trash behind and never clean up after themselves.

          • SteersUright

            this is your best? C’mon. Give it another shot.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            You mean that bs photo right wingers used from an weed smoke in April trying to say it was from the recent green event? It’s too easy to debunk your fictitious propaganda. It’s pretty pathetic honestly.

      • TrevP

        WTF is wrong with you

        • Alduin

          Green leftist environmentalist idiots want to ruin driving for everyone else by trying to regulate oil so much and tax it so it becomes so expensive that you’re forced to drive an EV.

          • Driving will be a privilege for few people in less than 20 years when autonomous cars goes mainstream. Don’t swim against the flow.

          • TrevP

            Okay, but there are those who are extreme about it and those who are not. Just because you want cleaner automobiles doens’t mean you want to regulate oil and tax it so much it becomes to expensive to own one. The fact is our planet needs change, and it needs it now.

          • Alduin

            No! People need to stop having so many kids and breeding. Time to sterilize people who have more than 2 kids per family.

          • TrevP

            You must be from a different planet

      • Yes. Public heath an environmetal protection is more important than some petrolheads wanting to drive noisy and contaminating cars. By the way, population control is not a bad idea, and should be driven by IQ test, surely you wont pass.

        • Alduin

          Abortion saves lives it’s too bad your mom didn’t have one. Idiot.

          • Hahaha! Smart answer. Go to drive your smoggy car and be happy.

          • Alduin

            Go huff some paint.

    • Porkopolis

      Your botness is showing.

      • Alduin

        He’s an idiot leftist. Don’t take anything he says seriously.

  • Ben

    Good information, but a bit broad in specific accomplishments/affects due to vehicle emissions. That being said, I do believe it has had an overall positive net effect on vehicle emissions. I still believe that the market and voting via consumer dollars. If we want a clean environment, we should make sure our economic footprint (purchases) reflects that. That is the biggest incentive we can give automakers.

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