California, other states sue EPA for right to set higher emissions standards – By Fadel Allassan (Axios) / Nov 15 2019
Twenty-three states joined California in suing the Environmental Protection Agency for stripping away an Obama-era waiver that allows the state to set strict emissions standards on cars and trucks, the California’s attorney general’s office announced Friday.
The big picture: This is the latest in a high-stakes battle between California and the Trump administration over the fuel-efficiency of cars in America, says Axios’ Amy Harder. Automakers — and drivers — are caught in the middle and likely stuck with significant uncertainty for years as these legal and regulatory fights wear on.
- One of the standards at the center of the latest lawsuit requires the sale of an increasing number of electric or other zero-emission vehicles.
- Another addresses standards for tailpipe emissions. California has stricter qualifications than the EPA requires nationally.