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Earthjustice to Trump Administration: We’ll See You in Court Over Car Emissions Standards Rollbacks

Environmental law organization plans to fight back against attack on states’ ability to implement clean car standards
The 405 freeway on a smoggy California day.

The 405 freeway on a smoggy California day.

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September 18, 2019
Washington, D.C. —

President Trump announced via tweet earlier this morning that his administration plans to revoke the State of California’s authority to implement cleaner car standards. The move tramples on longstanding protections for the states’ abilities to set more protective clean car standards, jeopardizing the health of millions of people across the country.

Earthjustice, the nation’s leading environmental law organization, announced it plans to challenge the administration’s rollback in court. Paul Cort, an Earthjustice attorney working the case, issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement by the Trump administration is a desperate move to buy time for an oil industry that’s unable to compete with new, cleaner technologies. It’s bad enough the administration won’t take any meaningful action to clean our air or fight the warming climate that threatens us all; now they want to prevent California and other states from filling that gap. We will challenge this rollback and make sure California’s authority stays in place.”

Read more: The Trump Administration’s Hazy Plans to Weaken Car Pollution Standards Won’t Work. Here’s Why.


Siham Zniber, Earthjustice, (814) 386-4234

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