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EPA to Revise Emissions Standards for Cars, Trucks

"This illegal rollback of achievable, commonsense fuel efficiency and pollution standards for cars will result in higher fuel costs and more risky air pollution, including the carbon dioxide that drives climate change - creating real, direct and damaging impacts on New Yorkers and our environment".

The Environment Protection Agency is challenging California to conform to the national emission standards, but the repercussions certainly will hurt the state's auto industry. They previously have cited the agency's internal ethics review finding Pruitt's lease was consistent with federal ethics regulations.

Assuming you've grown accustomed by now to this brand of unchecked self-dealing within the Trump administration, you can't help but admire the brazenness of this stunt.

Thirteen other states have chosen to follow California's stricter rules because they're struggling with air quality. So the California waiver is being re-examined, the EPA said. Auto manufacturers want uniformity nationwide, so they're not having to build different types of vehicles for consumers in different states. The state sued, and the case was dropped by the Obama administration before a court could resolve it.

After his request for raises for two of his staffers was denied, the EPA administrator used a loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act to get them the money anyway.

The EPA said the waiver granted to California to set a separate, tougher standard is still being reexamined by EPA.

"Cooperative federalism doesn't mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country, " Pruitt said.

A joint statement by the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as the mayors of Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, also decried the EPA's decision.

Gov. Brown labeled the decision, which came a day after April Fool's Day, a belated trick and an abuse of power that will poison the air and jeopardize the health of Americans.

California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols replied to the EPA's decision to weaken the standards for cars and light trucks, calling it "a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision".

The fight will cause planning headaches for automakers, who are running into design deadlines for the model years in dispute.

Vicki Hart told the network that 'the rental agreement was with Scott Pruitt'.

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"This was the right decision, " said Gloria Berquist, spokeswoman for the alliance.

Critics of Pruitt and the Trump EPA argue that automakers are better off making cars and trucks with better fuel economy. Automakers agreed to the higher 2012 standards, in part, because of the promise to harmonize CARB with the EPA.

Greenhouse gas emissions are tied directly to how much gasoline a vehicle burns.

The president told reporters on Tuesday of Mr Pruitt, "I hope he does well".

"We appreciate the EPA's data-driven process in arriving at its Final Determination that adjustments to the national GHG program are needed", John Bozzella stated, the group's president.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra described the EPA's announcement as an "assault" on fuel economy standards.

"In spite of the EPA's failure to prioritize the competitiveness of America's transportation sector, businesses across the Northeast will roll up their sleeves and continue to bring about transportation innovation that will define American leadership and economic success in the 21st century", Rothstein adds. California can not meet its statutory goal of slashing carbon emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 without lower pollution from passenger vehicles.

Last week, with Pruitt expected to make an announcement any day, Jack Gillis, director of public affairs at Consumer Federation of America, said, "American families can not afford to spend more money at the pump".

"Our honest hope is that folks can work it out so we have one standard and there isn't disruption in the availability of vehicles, " Maas said. Already the German automaker intends to build electric vehicles in large volumes at six factories across three continents. The total now is 350,000.

General Motors said that, regardless of what standard is ultimately set, it remained committed to "improving fuel economy, reducing emissions and an all-electric future", including working on shared and self-driving vehicles which could cut pollution.

"No one in America is eager to buy a auto that gets worse gas mileage and spews more pollution from its tailpipe", Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, said. "The only question is, will the customers be there with us and we think they will".

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