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California Sues Trump’s EPA Over Move To Ding Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Rules

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Chris White Tech Reporter

California announced a lawsuit Tuesday against the Trump administration after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt promised in April to review a set of Obama-era efficiency rules the auto industry considers too burdensome.

State officials are suing the agency to protect elements of former President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda. President Donald Trump’s plans consisted of nixing a trove of his Democratic predecessor’s legacy, including Obama’s move to increase fuel efficiency rules.

Pruitt’s plan would also target California’s ability to set its own efficiency standards. The state’s rules have forced automakers to build more fuel-efficient vehicles, which ultimately effects national efficiency standards.

Obama aimed to raise the average fuel economy of automobiles to more than 50 miles per gallon within 10 years. The Golden State got permissions from the Obama administration to issue its own, higher emissions standards.

They require cars get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The rules would cut 540 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and save consumers money, officials estimated.

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