The EPA will set new, lower standards for fuel emissions.
The Trump administration may revoke California’s ability to create its own rules for stricter vehicle emissions under the Clean Air Act reports the Los Angeles Times.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that it will overturn fuel economy rules which force manufacturers to make cleaner burning vehicles.
"Cooperative federalism doesn't mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country," Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said in a statement. "EPA will set a national standard for greenhouse gas emissions that allows auto manufacturers to make cars that people both want and can afford — while still expanding environmental and safety benefits of newer cars. It's in everyone's best interest to have a national standard, and we look forward to working with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard."
No longer will there be a federal goal to have automobiles average 55 miles per gallon by the year 2025 Pruitt said.
Gov. Jerry Brown accused the federal government on Monday of pulling a "belated April Fools' Day trick."
"This cynical and meretricious abuse of power will poison our air and jeopardize the health of all Americans," the governor said in a statement.