by Katy Grimes, Senior Media Fellow and California Globe Editor
As appearing in the California Globe
President Donald Trump is expected to revoke a rule that allowed California to set its own tougher vehicle emissions standards than those required by the federal government. California has relied on this special waiver for decades.
This triggered an announcement from Gov. Gavin Newsom:
“California won’t ever wait for permission from Washington to protect the health and safety of children and families,” the Governor said in a press statement. “While the White House has abdicated its responsibility to the rest of the world on cutting emissions and fighting global warming, California has stepped up. In July, we came to landmark voluntary agreements with four major automakers to reduce vehicle emissions and oppose Washington’s rollback of clean air standards. We are showing it can be done.”
This isn’t breaking news.
In May, California Globe reported “California’s top environmental regulator, California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols, has stepped up the state’s war against the Trump Administration, as well as the state’s residents by threatening to enact drastic, new pollution rules — including a ban on internal combustion-engine cars, in response to the Trump EPA plan to go back to pre-Obama vehicle emission standards.”