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Calif. Sues EPA Over EV Sales, Emission Rules

California has filed a lawsuit to preserve its permission to mandate electric car sales quotas and set its own standards for carbon dioxide emissions.
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California has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for taking away its permission to mandate electric car sales quotas and set its own standards for carbon dioxide emissions.

Another 22 states, which have adopted California’s regulations, joined the complaint, Bloomberg News reports. The lawsuit also asserts that the U.S. Dept. of Transportation repeatedly ignored efforts by Congress to protect California’s rulemaking rights, which date to the Clean Air Act of 1970.

The lawsuit was submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. The filing aims to overturn a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency in September to rescind California’s right to impose its own regulations.

The debate centers on CO2 rules governing vehicles produced in the 2021-2026 model years. The Trump administration is poised to scrap the existing regulatory schedule that would cut allowable CO2 limits by about 5% annually over the five-year period. Doing so would propel targeted fuel economy fleet averages for carmakers to nearly 47 mpg by 2026.

The White House contends that the Obama era schedule is unnecessarily harsh and would depress the sales of new and safer cars by significantly hiking the cost of vehicles. The Trump administration is expected to propose far milder CO2 cuts over the period that would raise the fuel economy average to about 37 mpg.

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