Trump EPA Continues Assault on Environment

Revokes state authority on vehicle emissions standards

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September 18, 2019 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today after President Trump announced that the EPA will revoke California’s – and therefore other states’—authority to regulate carbon pollution emissions from cars and small trucks.

“Once again, Trump’s EPA has kowtowed to big oil and gas at the expense of the health of millions of Americans,” said Emily Green, CLF Staff Attorney. “At a time when we have yet again experienced the Earth’s hottest month on record, the devastating impacts of climate chaos are impossible to ignore. Slashing the nation’s strongest policy for reducing carbon pollution is simply irresponsible and backward.”

In a tweet this morning, President Trump announced that EPA will formally repeal California’s authority to set stricter vehicle emissions standards than the federal government. The impacts of this decision will be widespread and severe, and they will be felt in New England – five of six states here have adopted California’s more stringent greenhouse gas standards.

CLF and several other environmental organizations also filed a lawsuit last year challenging the EPA’s rollback of the Obama-era clean car standards, which would have forced automakers to adopt stricter fuel efficiency and emission levels.

CLF experts are available for further comment.