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Industry News: California Moves Ahead To Protect Emission Rules From Rollback

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On Friday, California regulators voted to require that automakers stick with the Obama-era emission regulations for vehicles sold in the state, no matter the efforts of the Trump administration to weaken the standards. This basically means vehicles built for through 2025 model year comply with the state’s standards and can legally be sold there. Beginning with the 2026 model year, vehicles have to meet the stricter standards if automakers want to sell vehicles in the state, along with the 12 other states and Washington D.C. that follow these regulations.

This is the latest salvo in the fight between California and Trump administration over emission standards. Back in August, the administration unveiled a new proposal that would freeze fuel efficiency requirements at 2020 levels through 2026. This proposal earned a large amount of criticism and a lawsuit filed by a group of states led by California.

In a statement, California Air Resources Board's Chair Mary Nichols said the state would “continue to work to keep a single national program,” but that the vote “ensures that California and 12 other states will not fall victim to the Trump administration’s rollback of vehicle standards should its proposal be finalized.”

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The Trump administration would be wise to drop the lawsuits against CARB for those emissions requirements and even smarter if that administration dropped the lawsuit against CA new net neutrality rules.  I doubt they would do that but one can hope.

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He will win reelection.  California is simply showing themselves to be what they are.  Will be interesting to see how a long-needed parent eventually defuses the petulant child that is... California.

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14 hours ago, ocnblu said:

He will win reelection.  California is simply showing themselves to be what they are.  Will be interesting to see how a long-needed parent eventually defuses the petulant child that is... California.

How much does CA need so-called flyover country?  Especially given that CA is a net donor to federal coffers while most of the South are net recipients of federal dollars.  (Not sure about TX or FL.)

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Fully 36 states are net recipients, only 14 put more in than take out, and they're pretty much spread across the nation.
CA barely squeaks in under the break-even point- there's a lot of welfare programs getting tapped in CA. The Golden State gives the Gov't about $1.02 for every dollar they receive.
The other 13: Mass, WY, OK, NJ, UT, CO, NY, Kan, OH, Neb, ILL, Minn & DE.

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