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Colorado adopts California emissions standards

Colorado has adopted emission rules for cars and small trucks that incorporate California standards. Friday's vote by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission enacts an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper. With the vote, Colorado joins several other states in moving pre-emptively to avoid any weakening of federal emissions standards by the Donald Trump administration.

Associated Press / 11.19.2018

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.

Bloomberg NewsThis 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. / 10.29.2018

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.

California Air Resources Board / 10.29.2018

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.

The Atlantic / 10.02.2018

California defies Trump on climate change with new car emissions rules

Defying the Trump administration on climate change, California’s air-pollution agency ruled Friday that automakers must comply with the state’s strict rules on greenhouse gases if they want to continue selling cars here. The California Air Resources Board approved a regulation that will significantly curtail carbon spewed by new cars sold in the state, beginning in 2021.

Sacramento Bee / 09.28.2018

Testimony in First Tailpipe Hearing Lashes Trump’s Rollback Plan

If the Trump Administration was hoping for a favorable audience at the first hearing on its proposal to roll back U.S. car emission standards, it didn’t find one in smoggy Fresno, California. California officials, environmental advocates, electric car supporters and residents came out to decry an effort that they said would endanger the health and economy of the state. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed freezing fuel efficiency requirements for autos at 37 miles per gallon in 2020, instead of letting them rise to 47 mpg by 2025 under Obama-era regulations. This would cap emission standards, too.

Bloomberg News / 09.25.2018

EPA’s reversal of environmental protections veers badly off course

After a year and a half of embarrassing scandals and ethical lapses, Scott Pruitt left the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in July. His successor, acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, has an enormous amount of work and opportunity ahead of him if he intends to restore public trust in the agency. Unfortunately, two of Wheeler’s first decisions — to freeze fuel-economy standards for cars and to dramatically scale back an effort to reduce climate pollution from coal-fired power plants — veer badly in the wrong direction.

Seattle Times / 09.25.2018

California urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people’s health and exacerbate climate change, Looming over the administration’s proposal is the possibility that the state, which has become a key leader on climate change as Trump has moved to dismantle Obama-era environmental rules, could set its own separate fuel standard that could roil the auto industry. That’s a change the federal government is trying to block.

Associated Press / 09.25.2018
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