Trump wants to revoke waiver under which California can make rogue environmental regs

Trump wants to revoke waiver under which California can make rogue environmental regs

[Ed. – The media have been at pains to send the waiver of the Clean Air Act down the memory hole. But it gives California the opportunity to get away with even worse excesses in the state’s career of levying regulatory mandates. Because of California’s gigantic population, the state’s mandates have an outsize impact on products manufactured elsewhere, and the cost imposed on — to take one of the biggest examples — the interstate trucking industry.  There are a number of cases in which the cost of regulation endured by entire American industries is imposed not chiefly by the feds, but by California. As the article notes, California hasn’t used the waiver to exceed future-targeted auto emissions regulations imposed by the federal government – yet. But there are active plans to do so in the state legislature.]

The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions — including its mandate for electric-car sales — in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards, according to three people familiar with the plan.

The proposal, expected to be released this week, amounts to a frontal assault on one of former President Barack Obama’s signature regulatory programs to curb emissions that contribute to climate change. It also sets up a high-stakes battle over California’s unique ability to combat air pollution and, if finalized, is sure to set off a protracted courtroom battle. …

The state’s 2009 waiver under the Clean Air Act has allowed California to set emissions rules for cars and trucks that are more stringent than the federal government’s. But the state has aligned its rules with those set by the EPA and NHTSA in a so-called national program of clean-car rules. …

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