California is once again facing the Trump administration by suing the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for announcing a relaxation of antipollution standards for automobiles.
According to a statement on Tuesday, US Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) jointly filed a complaint against the EPA on its “illegal” removal of “long-standing” measures that require major polluters – such as oil refineries and chemical plants – to act sustainably to lower their pollutant emissions.
Instead of prioritizing the health of hard-working Americans, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to loosen the brunt of the polluters. It’s unconscious and illegal.
Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California
If the removal of air protection measures comes into effect, “Children in California and around the country, especially those living near polluting factories, will grow up with tons of additional dangerous particles in the air they breathe,” he adds.
He calls on the court to overturn the cancellation of these measures by the EPA, a decision that he says goes against the clean air act and represents “a capricious and arbitrary reversal Of the long-term position of the agency.
This decision responds to Donald Trump’s intention to dismantle most of the “climate plan” established by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama. The real estate mogul has also chosen to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, saying it harms US economic interests.
Nicknamed “CAFE” (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), the standards for the period 2022-2025 had been set by the administration of Barack Obama shortly before the arrival of Republican Donald Trump at the White House.
They provided for gradual increases in vehicle range to achieve a target of 54.5 miles per gallon of gasoline (4.32 liters per 100 kilometers) in 2025.
With the decline in gasoline prices in recent years, US consumers have begun to buy larger and more polluting vehicles, with SUVs and vans now accounting for more than 60% of the market.
California and the Trump administration are at war in many sectors (weapons, immigration, environment). The Justice Department has continued the Democratic stronghold, where most of the inhabitants are of Hispanic origin, for its “safe haven” policy against undocumented migrants, while the California Attorney General has lodged a number of complaints against the federal government.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.