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Just two days after the Trump administration revoked California's right to set its own emissions standards for automobiles, the state shot down.
California, 22 other states and several major cities filed suit in federal court on Friday against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is the department of the Department of Transportation that passed the ruling that revoked California authority.
It is arbitrary and capricious, and because NHTSA did not conduct the analyzes required under the National Environmental Policy Act, the complaint filed with the US District Court for the District of Columbia states.
The NEPA, signed in 1970, is considered a kind of "national charter" for the regulation of environmental protection.
Two courts have already upheld Californian emission standards and rejected the Trump administration's argument to justify its misdirected preemption period, "said Californian Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a statement released on Friday." However, the government insists the authorities of California and others Attacking states to combat air pollution and protect public health. "
Becerra and his 23 co-plaintiffs – including Attorney General Democrats from 22 states and the District of Columbia – as well as the cities of Los Angeles and New York are calling for the Movement of the Trump government is declared unlawful and repealed.
"Noteworthy," it states in its complaint, "NHTSA has not conducted any analysis of the environmental impact of a regulation that purports the existing air pollution laws in states that have more than one third
In a conversation with All Things Considered after the lawsuit was filed on Friday, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Andrew Wheeler said that the California fuel standards are effectively "nationwide would apply – because the automakers would do so It is unlikely that two separate versions of the same car will be made to comply with different state regulations.
"We're talking about energy efficiency here," said Wheeler, "and that's something we do not believe California or any other state should apply to the whole country."
This week's back and forth marks a new one – And not surprisingly – escalation in the fight for climate change ate policy between the Trump government and the country's most populous state. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice launched an antitrust investigation into a July agreement between California and the four major automakers Ford, Volkswagen, Honda and BMW.
The companies claimed to produce an average of 51 miles per gallon of cars by model year 2026. This complies with the regulations of the Obama administration.
Under Trump, the EPA has tried to reset many of the environmental regulations introduced by Obama – not just in terms of fuel economy, but also on methane emissions, air pollution and coal-fired power plants.
"We can not go beyond that and create our own laws." Wheeler explained it to NPR. "And under my government here at the EPA under President Trump, we will not create our own laws, we will follow the laws passed by Congress." The California state government – and Californian politicians say they have no intention of backtracking, even when it comes to this recent fight.
"The Oval Office is really not a place for on-the-job training President Trump should have read at least the manual he inherited when he took office as President, in particular the chapter on respect for the rule of law," Becerra said Friday. "Mr. President, we'll see each other in court."