California is ready for a showdown over clean air

Feb 25, 2019, 7:39 AM EST
(Source: Mike McBey/flickr)
(Source: Mike McBey/flickr)

The Trump administration’s intentions to do away with clean car rules face some serious resistance from California, which hinted, after a failed round of talks with the White House, that it could move the courts to preserve its right to limit tailpipe pollution.

The talks between the Trump administration and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) fell apart last week, as the two sides remained “far apart” over the subject of rolling back Obama-era pollution standards, reports The Hill.

Earlier, the Obama administration, California and automakers were onboard over setting standards that envisioned vehicles clocking an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, but Trump’s officials seek to freeze the 2020 levels through 2026, writes Scientific American.

A waiver in California’s Clean Air Act allowing the state to set stronger standards than the federal government could also be reviewed as the Trump administration prepares to overhaul national vehicles rules.