News reports indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is ending talks with California about limits on climate pollution from cars. The Trump EPA proposed last year to roll back federal carbon pollution limits set during the Obama administration, and also to erase state limits that have been adopted by California and over a dozen other states. Earthjustice — along with numerous other organizations as well as states, cities, and companies — filed comments in October defending the authority of California and other states to limit carbon emissions, and urging EPA to keep and strengthen the federal standards. But the end of talks with California would signal that the Trump EPA intends to finalize the rollback soon.
As co-counsel for Sierra Club, Earthjustice is part of the legal team fighting to protect states’ anti-pollution authority and to oppose rollback of the federal car standards.
The following is a statement from Earthjustice attorney Howard Fox on today’s news:
“Not only is the Trump EPA refusing to protect us from climate pollution, it wants to prevent states from stepping in to limit the massive carbon pollution emitted by cars.
“With recent scientific reports warning of a worsening climate crisis, it is simply unhinged from reality for the Trump administration to stubbornly block limits on our nation’s biggest source of climate pollution. These commonsense limits are readily achievable with existing technologies, and the EPA should be fighting to defend and strengthen them.”
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