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DeSaulnier condemns Trump for revoking CA’s Auto Standards

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) in condemning the Trump Administration’s reported intention to formally rescind California’s ability to set its own automobile emissions standards today. In response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intent to roll back current fuel standards in 2018, Congressman DeSaulnier and Senator Harris introduced companion resolutions asserting California’s authority to set its own standards and supporting the current One National Program. The resolutions are set to be reintroduced this week.

The Clean Air Act waiver was first enacted in 1970 and allows California to adopt its own emissions standards so long as they are at least as stringent as the federal standard. In 1977, other states were allowed to adopt California’s emissions standards. In revoking California’s waiver, the Administration prevents California and 13 other states from creating their own standards to help reduce harmful pollutants and slow the progression of climate change.

Under the Obama Administration, federal fuel economy standards were made comparable to those set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), thereby creating the current One National Program. The CARB standards have since been adopted by 13 other states, accounting for over 35 percent of the U.S. auto market, and are on track to reduce America’s oil dependence by more than 2 million barrels a day – effectively eliminating the impact of 59 million vehicles from the road by 2030. The Administration’s impending rollback of these fuel standards could undo what some deem to be the country’s most important climate achievement—the doubling of vehicle fuel efficiency to about 55 miles per gallon by 2025.

“The Trump Administration’s attack on California and the thirteen other states that have adopted their own emissions standards is an affront to democracy and the Clean Air Act,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “It is vital that states be able to create their own standards that will help fight against climate change and its effects, like the increased incidences of wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. We will not sit idly by while the Administration dismantles key features of our nation’s environmental protections.”

“For decades, California has been a leader in the fight against climate change because we understand that it represents an existential threat to our nation. But the administration is now taking an unprecedented step to undermine California’s authority to set its own ambitious standards that combat air pollution and protect our right to breathe clean air,” said Harris. “Let’s be perfectly clear: this was not a decision based in scientific fact or made in the best interest of our nation’s future. The current administration has put a target on California’s back and sought only to score political points by attacking our state. I am absolutely committed to fighting for California’s waiver authority and policies to reduce emissions from transportation that will preserve the health of our planet, spur innovation, and keep our families healthy.”

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