Trump Administration, Getting Set for a Major Rollback, Ends Clean Air Talks with California.
Stanley Young, a spokesman for the air resources board, said meetings between the sides had been held but “were always at a superficial level, with no effort to engage in a conversation.” Read the article.
By Lisa Friedman and Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times, Feb. 21, 2019
Faith leaders say: Protecting clean car standards is a moral, health and economic imperative.
“We vote our values at the ballot box and with our wallets. That includes caring for Creation and for people impacted by the environmental crisis we are now experiencing here in California….[As] part of a national faith movement, we are calling on all automakers to view these standards from a moral perspective and halt any and all efforts to roll back their benefits, including their calls for loopholes that would harm the most vulnerable among us.” Read the article.
John Coleman and Allis Druffel, Guest Commentary CALmatters Feb. 17, 2019
Trump administration confirms it has ended fuel-economy talks with California.
Not a surprise but a call for ongoing resolve. You remember the story:
Under former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the agency announced plans last year to relax fuel economy and tailpipe emission rules that were designed to cut down on planet-warming greenhouse gases. Carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles already rank among the major contributors to climate change. The standards were aimed at getting the nation’s cars and trucks to average more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. Under Trump, the EPA has said it is considering freezing the fuel-efficiency targets at 2020 levels.
The EPA has also threatened to take away California’s unique authority to set its own, stricter air pollution standards for vehicles — something the state has been empowered to do since the enactment of the Clean Air Act in 1970. Read the article
By Anna M. Phillips, LA Times, Feb 21, 2019