States oppose Trump’s efforts to ease pollution standards

Several states have filed suit against President Trump's efforts to loosen efficiency standards for vehicles. The states claim public health concerns could arise.

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National News

May 28, 2020 - 9:47 AM

California and nearly two dozen other states on Wednesday filed suit against the Trump administration, arguing that its decision to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks puts the public's health at risk and is based on flawed science. Photo by Irlan Khan / Los Angeles Times / TNS

WASHINGTON — California and nearly two dozen other states on Wednesday filed suit against the Trump administration, arguing that its decision to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks puts the public’s health at risk and is based on flawed science.

The lawsuit is the latest step in an escalating battle between the administration and Democratic state attorneys general, who have used the courts to push back against the president’s agenda of diluting environmental regulations in order to bolster the economy.

The outcome is likely to be decided by the Supreme Court and could have serious consequences for California and the 13 other states that have embraced tougher car pollution standards than those set by the federal government.

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