The vehicle-emissions-standards waiver that California currently has in place may get rescinded. If California has a say in the matter which, hopefully, it will, the waiver won’t be revoked.
One organization, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), appears ready to take the fight to court if need be.
EDF President Fred Krupp in a press release issued a statement on the matter.
In his statement, Krupp not only declared that EDF will go to court to, as he put it, “‘oppose any attack on state leadership’” but, for every American, EDF “‘will work to secure protective Clean Car Standards.’”
And added: “‘America has an inspiring, bipartisan tradition of state-led progress in tackling pollution from passenger cars and trucks. …’
“‘Everyone wins when we adopt strong clean car standards as our public policy. Strong clean car standards give us healthier air to breathe, help protect us from the urgent threat of climate change, and save Americans hundreds of dollars a year in gas expenses. Clean cars reduce our dependence on imported oil, bolster our national security, and help protect Americans from global crude oil price spikes. Clean cars drive the technological innovation that leads to economic prosperity and job growth.’
“‘The unlawful approach the Trump administration is reportedly planning seeks to block states from choosing clean car standards that protect millions of people from tailpipe pollution. The Trump administration would be pursuing this approach even though its own analysis shows it would cost 60,000 American jobs by 2023, even though 17 automakers and a bipartisan coalition of 24 governors have formally asked them not to, and even though there is a clear and growing need for urgent action to address the climate crisis.’”
Meanwhile, in a Sept. 18, 2019 press release the environmental justice organization Earthjustice also weighed in.
“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.
“‘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.’”
That was the press release-issued statement of Earthjustice attorney Paul Cort in response to the plan. Cort is an Earthjustice attorney working on the case.
There is more from the environmental justice organization on the matter here.
There will no doubt be much more about this issue in the days, weeks and months if not years ahead.
Image above: Clark, Joe, U.S, National Archives and Records Administration collection