Trump strips California of power to set auto emission standards

Posted: September 18, 2019 by oldbrew in Emissions, government, News, Politics, Travel

Los Angeles, CA

California was effectively acting as the national lawmaker by forcing carmakers to adopt its standards – or lose the right to sell new models in the most populous US state. It was enjoying the power of the role, until…

The White House has stripped California of its right to set its own vehicle emissions standards and banned other states from setting similar rules, reports BBC News.

The waiver allowed the state – America’s most populous – to set stricter standards than the federal government.

President Trump says the move will cut car prices and the impact on emissions will be minimal.

But it is likely to spark a legal battle over states’ rights.

California has already taken steps to block the administration’s efforts.

“We will fight this latest attempt and defend our clean car standards,” said Governor Gavin Newsom in a statement on Tuesday.

This is the latest clash between the Republican president and the state, a West Coast fortress of liberal Democrats.

What do the rules mean?

California’s ability to set its own rules dates back to the 1970s when Los Angeles was blanketed in choking smog.

The state was allowed to set tougher emission standards than the federal government as long as it could provide a compelling reason for why the waiver was needed. In 1977, other states were allowed to adopt California’s stricter standards.

The Golden State’s rules have largely become the de-facto benchmark nationwide because car manufacturers do not design different sets of vehicles to meet different standards in different states.

The state accounts for about 12% of all vehicle sales.

Full report here.

  1. ivan says:

    The administration in California appear to blinded by the ideology of the UN Cult of Climatology to the detriment of the state.

    They have water shortage problems because the environmentalists want to return the farming land back to some utopia using the ploy that some fish might have problems.

    They have wild fires because the same environmental activist don’t agree with proper forest management – the removal of dead ground cover etc.

    Now they are saying that CO2 is a pollutant under the terms of the Clean Air Act which didn’t consider such things in 1970- go figure. I don’t think the mindless political drones live in the real world but some idealised utopia in which they live in luxury with the slaves providing for their every want.

  2. BoyfromTottenham says:

    O/T but important: Things just got even crazier here in Australia – the Water Minister of the state government of Victoria just announced that they would not build any more dams because they have a report that says (predicts) lower rainfall in the future. Just when I think they have hit peak stupid, they prove me wrong (again).

  3. Graeme No.3 says:


    Was that prediction by Dr. David Viner?
    2000: ‘Children won’t know what snow is.’ according to Dr. David Viner a senior research scientist at the climate research unit CRU of the University of East Anglia “Within a few years winter snowfall will become a rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is”
    Source: The Independent, March 20, 2000

  4. It doesn't add up... says:

    My headline for this:

    Trump puts California on a no CARB diet

  5. oldbrew says:

    California has already taken steps to block the administration’s efforts.

    California can’t stop people buying cars in other States and bringing them into CA.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    oldbrew says:
    September 19, 2019 at 9:59 am

    yes they can, at least indirectly. All states have some sort of vehicle equipment laws and some of them have tailpipe testing laws. You don’t get a state title or plates if your vehicle fails to meet their standards. There needs to be a rock solid preemption law IMAO.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Tail wagging dog doesn’t usually work 😎

  8. oldbrew says:

    23 States Sue Trump Administration Over California Auto Emissions Rule

    What took them so long? 😂

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