Trump EPA moving to revoke California’s authority to set own fuel efficiency standards

Trump EPA moving to revoke California’s authority to set own fuel efficiency standards
Let my people go. Monarch, the last California Golden Bear in captivity, in photo ca. 1900. UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library

[Ed. – In other words, California couldn’t set more stringent ones that then effectively compelled compliance from entire motor vehicle industry.]

The Trump administration is moving forward with a proposal to revoke part of California’s authority to set its own automobile gas mileage standards, a government official said Thursday, confronting a state that has repeatedly challenged the administration’s environmental rollbacks.

The Environmental Protection Agency was preparing paperwork for the White House for the move, meant to help the administration set a single, less rigorous mileage standard enforceable nationwide, according to the official, who is familiar with the regulatory process and spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been made public.

President Donald Trump has pushed for months to weaken Obama-era mileage standards nationwide and has targeted California’s decades-old power to set its own mileage standards as part of that effort.

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