Shaina Brown

California leaders respond to federal efforts to roll back vehicle pollution standards

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, March 24, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) decision to roll back vehicle pollution standards finalized earlier this year have been met by opposition from political leaders in California this week.

Governor Brown, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon filed a motion this week that would allow the state to defend the feasibility determination and prevent efforts to undo the 2022-25 standards.  Citing the U.S. EPA’s analysis under the Obama administration that shows that over the lifetime of these cars, the 2022-25 vehicle emission standards would save consumers more than $1,650 per vehicle, reduce oil consumption by nearly 40 billion gallons of refined gasoline and diesel fuel, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons, leaders rejected the plan to roll back standards, and vowed to not turn back on the fight against pollution.

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