California Has a Posse in Tug-of-War With Trump Over Electric Cars
This is what environmental diplomacy looks like under President Donald Trump, with powerful state-level regulators, local political leaders, and activists quietly conferring over how to counteract the federal attempt to roll back carbon dioxide limits on cars and trucks. If California has emerged as the unofficial leader of the environmental opposition, with an alternative vision for requiring increased sales of electric vehicles, then the 73-year-old Nichols is the de facto field commander.
Governor Brown, Attorney General Becerra and CARB Chair Nichols Lead National Coalition Demanding Trump Administration Withdraw Proposal to Eliminate Nation’s Clean Car Standards
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General Xavier Becerra and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Mary Nichols – leading a coalition of 21 attorneys general and the cities of Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York – today filed formal written comments demanding the Trump Administration’s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) withdraw their dangerous and misguided proposal to eliminate the national Clean Car Standards. The comments submitted today include rigorous legal and technical analyses highlighting the consumer, climate and public health benefits of the current achievable standards and the federal proposal’s numerous flaws, use of faulty assumptions, incorrect modeling, cherry-picked data and fundamental misunderstanding of consumer behavior.
The ‘Queen of Green’s’ Coming Bout With Trump
In her second tour as the powerful chair of the California Air Resources Board, Mary D. Nichols is the tip of the spear in her state’s effort to block the Trump administration’s proposals to freeze federal fuel-economy and auto-emissions standards through 2026, and to rescind California’s long-standing ability to set its own, tougher rules—rules also followed by 13 other states that together account for a third of the American market for new automobiles.