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California And 16 Other States Are Suing Trump To Stop Him Destroying Emissions Standards

The 110 in March.
The 110 in March.
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Our emissions standards are probably the biggest booster to automotive performance in the past half century, making our cars not only more eco-friendly but more powerful, too. Trump has been trying to cut it all down, but now California and 16 other states suing to stop him.


That tweet comes from the AP’s White House reporter, and the AP’s Kathleen Ronayne has the full list of states (via The Seattle Times):

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Joining California are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.


If you’re wondering how many states conform to California’s standards, it’s 13, as listed by Green Car Reports, meaning that this is bad enough to piss off even a handful of non-CARB states:

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

California has been making noise about this issue since virtually the beginning of the Trump administration, vowing that it would go its own way and then getting into a more protracted legal fight with the EPA just last month. This is a bit different from Trump’s work against penalties against violating these standards getting blocked the other week.

Will all this just get kicked around until the Supreme Court? Maybe, but it’s a fight that even the automakers should hope we’ll win.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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I’ll be the first person to admit that when Obama raised admissions and CAFE standards and targets, I just knew in my heart we were back on the road to lethargic and pitifully powered automobiles.

I was wrong. Dead wrong.

The ability of engineers and designers to adapt and increase performance of automobiles along with improved emissions standards has been nothing short of amazing. The technological leaps achieved because of and not inspite of the CAFE standards should be the gold standard of what innovation and technology can achieve when faced with a problem and a deadline. The lowering of standards by trump is a step backwards and not needed.