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AJR-50 Federal Clean Air Act – CA Legislature supports existing standards
This measure would state that the Legislature strongly and unequivocally supports the existing Clean Car Standards and California’s federal Clean Air Act waivers; will consider any and all appropriate actions to maintain vehicle emissions standards for the protection of public health, consumers, and the economy; and strongly urges the President and Vice President of the United States and the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to reject the Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026. Bill Status
On fuel economy plan, Trump administration ignored its own EPA scientists
The Trump administration’s plan to roll back aggressive Obama-era fuel economy standards for cars, pickups and SUVs is built on computer modeling that senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency had privately warned is flawed and unsupportable, according to newly released agency documents.
By Evan Halper, LA Times, August 14, 2018

The Trump administration said weaker fuel standards would save lives. EPA experts disagree.
An analysis by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, EPA experts said, used faulty assumptions….In fact, those experts wrote that the Trump administration’s proposal would be “detrimental to safety, rather than beneficial.”
By Chris Mooney and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, August 15, 2018

California moves to safeguard vehicle emissions rules from Trump rollback
Tony Barboza, LA Times, AUG 07, 2018
“A state Air Resources Board proposal would force automakers to meet California’s existing standards on car and truck pollution, even if weaker ones are adopted by the Trump administration…”  With overview of the current situation.

Mary Nichols (head of CARB) vowed to fight the proposed changes 
Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times, Aug. 7, 2018
California went on the offensive against the Trump administration’s plan to weaken fuel-efficiency rules for cars, laying out a scathing rebuttal that the state’s clean-air regulator said would shape the battle with Washington in the coming months and years.

California, Illinois among 17 states suing over EPA plan to scrap car emission standards
California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration over its plans to scrap standards on vehicle greenhouse gas emissions, which help set gas mileage rules. Read article
by Kathleen Ronayne, Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2018
Pruitt was Here in SF about Clean Air Standards 

“Pruitt also met with Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, to talk about “cooperative federalism, car and truck greenhouse gas standards,” and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  Read the article
Erin Stone and Josh Koehn, San Francisco Chronicle, June 29, 2018

California and Auto Industry Agree on Vehicle Emissions Standards

Normally having the California Air Resources Board and the auto industry in agreement on emissions standards would be enough, but the Trump administration wants to ensure that California plays no role in setting standards.
“Maybe in the first time in recorded history, California and the auto industry are mostly in agreement that standards on the books actually should be on the books, and California should have a place in implementing those standards,” stated Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board.
“Her comments come as the White House’s Office of Management and Budgetis reviewing a proposal that would ease automobile efficiency standards, and people familiar with the matter have said it calls for revoking California’s unique authority to set its own limits,” reports Mark Chediak for Bloomberg News. Read the article.
By Irvin Dawid, Planetizen, June 11, 2018

EPA To Eliminate California’s Ability to Set Own Emissions Standards

In its pursuit of slacking fuel economy standards, the EPA has sent a proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget seeking to hinder California’s ability to set its own greenhouse gas emissions standards. Read the article.
By Sebastien Bell, AutoGuide News Jun 01, 2018

“This proposal is an extraordinary repudiation of sensible climate policies, an assault on California’s environmental leadership, and another gift to the fossil fuel industry,” Ann Carlson, a University of California Los Angeles law professor, told Bloomberg. “There’s no question California, environmental groups and clean tech manufacturers will fight back in the courts.”
The White House, though, will vet the proposal, consulting with federal agencies, before unveiling the proposal in the coming weeks.

17 States Sue EPA Over Auto Emissions Standards Rollback

The states represent 44 percent of the U.S. population, from Maine to Iowa to California. Read the article.
Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News May 1, 2018

adapted from Environment America

adapted from Environment America

Hundreds of Clocks Sound Alarm on Ford’s “Collusion” With Trump as Pruitt Does Industry’s Bidding With Emissions Standards Rollback
by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
The creative action outside the motor company’s Washington D.C. headquarters was organized by Public Citizen, Greenpeace USA, and Safe Climate Campaign. It focused on Ford’s lobbying… Read article

A rogues’ roster: the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

  • BMW Group
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Jaguar/Land Rover
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Mitsubishi Motors
  • Porsche
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo North America

They sent a letter to Pruitt asking for a rollback. Read article

Green groups sue Trump’s transportation agency for “an unlawful move that hurts efforts to fight global warming”
The Trump administration was sued on Thursday for indefinitely suspending increased penalties for auto manufacturers that develop new cars and trucks that don’t meet fuel-economy standards. The Center for Biological Diversity, joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, filed a lawsuit in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday to challenge the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent decision to suspend a 2016 rule that adjusted fines to account for inflation.
by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, Sept. 2017
Quietly, Trump Officials and California Seek a Deal on Car Emissions
People tried.  This article from April describes a possible deal that people hoped would keep the original fuel economy standards through 2025, by letting automakers use fat loopholes to meet those standards. In exchange, the Trump administration would commit to honoring California’s authority to set stricter standards – but only through 2030. ….
White House officials were said to be pushing the E.P.A. toward a compromise with California. Some automakers who lobbied for the rollback are taken aback by Pruitt’s overboard response  and the prospect of a battle with California that could throw the entire auto market into disarray.
By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, April 5, 2018

Trump’s plan to roll back Obama’s fuel economy rules for cars, explained
These rules are hardly an ideal climate policy, since they only apply to new cars (not the millions already on the road), and since they’ve been undercut by cheap oil and the growing popularity of SUVs. But the standard is one of the few federal programs aimed at greening the US transportation sector, which accounts for one-third of carbon dioxide emissions.
By Brad Plumer, Vox, Mar 15, 2017

FACTS and ANALYSIS

Brown, Becerra, and CARB: At Every Turn, We Will Defend Our Nation’s Clean Car Emissions Standards
If enacted, this proposal will cost consumers billions of dollars in additional gasoline …. put millions of additional tons of climate-disrupting pollution into the atmosphere. The Trump Administration is also proposing to withdraw the waiver granted to California more than five years ago for the State’s own greenhouse gas emissions standards and its successful zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) programs— an unprecedented and unlawful action that flies in the face of congressional intent and would aggravate the harms to consumers, public health, and the environment caused by the weakening of the federal standards.

Mary Nichols’s Twitter History of the California vehicle emissions standards
Aug. 3, 2018 “California Air Resources Board (CARB) chair Mary Nichols tweeted out a thread yesterday that summed up some of the history behind California’s efforts to clean up car emissions…” This is a descriptive article with links to more information and to the Twitter stream.
How Trump’s new rules for cars would hit California —if they survive in court.
CALMatters article, Julie Cart, Aug. 2, 2018 “The long-anticipated proposal offers a range of scenarios but singles out a preferred alternative: freezing fuel-efficiency standards in 2020 at an average 35 miles per gallon. It will almost certainly face a barrage of legal challenges, but any rollback would be a blow to California’s ambitions for limiting planet-warming greenhouse gases…..California, along with dozens of other states, sued the administration in May, challenging the administration’s right to revisit the existing rules.”

8 Things You Should Know
These articles explain the plan and all the steps it would have to go through including EPA, NHSTA and Transportation Dept. (and that’s before they get sued).

Effect on international standards
Check out the overview and a chart showing international standards and how the Obama /Ca standards are so important.

Lung Association Survey of Poll Results about Healthy Air

Opinions and Responses

San Diego Union-Tribune
If Trump’s EPA wants a war over California fuel economy standards, war it is

LA Times Editorial
Don’t let Trump and Pruitt Make America Smoggy Again

SF Chronicle
A shift into reverse on air pollution

East Bay Times and San Jose Mercury News
Car buyers should fight Trump fuel-efficiency rollback: Those who care about slowing global warming should vote with their pocketbooks.

Press Democrat
Allow California to keep tougher fuel standards

Sacramento Bee
Why roll back progress toward cleaner cars?

NY Times
Unclean at Any Speed: Pruitt’s Attack on Obama Auto Pollution Rule

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) weighed in.
“This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision. This is not a technical assessment, it is a move to demolish the nation’s clean car program. EPA’s action, if implemented, will worsen people’s health with degraded air quality and undermine regulatory certainty for automakers…”

Attorney General Becerra: EPA’s Assault on Federal Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards Will Trigger California’s Lawsuit If Needed

DOCUMENTS

Official documents about California vehicle emissions standards

Climate Mayors Statement in Support of Strong Auto Efficiency Standards
As mayors representing 69 million Americans, across 47 states (and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), with millions of vehicles on our roads, we strongly support the current federal standards on vehicle fuel efficiency and oppose the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back this important policy.
CARB’s Counter-Proposal, Aug 7, 2018
Proposal Scheduled for Consideration: September 27, 2018 Location: California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board, Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, California 95814

EPA’s Proposed Rule and associated EPA docs

The Safer and Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles Proposed Rule for Model Years 2021-2026

Links to the following are also at this site.

Comment location: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283-0001

  • Full Proposed Rule: The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (PDF) (978 pp, 12 MB, pre-publication, signed August 1, 2018)

Fact Sheets

  • Proposed California Waiver Withdrawal (PDF) (2 pp, 387 K, EPA-420-F-18-903, August 2, 2018)
  • MYs 2021-2026 CAFE Proposal – By the Numbers (PDF) (1 pg, 374 K, EPA-420-F-18-901, August 2, 2018)
  • NHTSA and EPA Proposed SAFE Vehicle Rule: Overview of the Alternatives Analyzed (PDF) (4 pp, 405 K, EPA-420-F-18-902, August 2, 2018)
  • NHTSA and EPA Proposed SAFE Vehicle Rule: Overview (PDF) (2 pp, 431 K, EPA-420-F-18-904, August 2, 2018)
  • MYs 2021-2026 SAFE Vehicles Rule Proposal: Compliance Flexibilities (PDF) (2 pp, 418 K, EPA-420-F-18-905, August 2, 2018)

More at https://www.nhtsa.gov/corporate-average-fuel-economy/safe.

The Lawsuit, May 1, 2018

The States’ Lawsuit
Petition, with a list of states & contact info for all the plaintiffs, and the notice of intent to re-examine published in the Federal Register (below).

EPA’s Notice of Re-Evaluation, Apr 2, 2018

Federal Register Apr. 2, 2018 EPA–HQ–OAR–2015–0827; FRL–9976–61– OAR Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022–2025 Light-Duty Vehicles   “..the Administrator has determined that the standards are not appropriate in light of the record before EPA, and therefore, should be revised as appropriate. EPA is also withdrawing the January 2017 Determination with this notice. EPA, in partnership with NHTSA, will initiate a notice and comment rulemaking in a forthcoming Federal Register notice to further consider appropriate standards for MY 2022–2025 light-duty vehicles…”