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04 August 2018, 02:13 | Brenda Erickson
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"Millions of Americans are choosing cleaner vehicles, longer lives and lower fuel costs because of clean vehicle standards", said State Senator Ricardo Lara, who represents parts of North Long Beach.
Trump administration wants to freeze Obama-era requirements that force automakers to manufacture more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The lawsuit is being lead by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra who said "The Trump Administration has launched a brazen and unlawful attack, no matter how cloaked, on our nation's Clean Car Standards".
Officials in the Trump administration said their actions would make autos more affordable and that would make roads safer because more motorists would be driving newer cars with the latest safety features. Under the Trump administration's preferred proposal, that would drop to 29.6 miles per gallon, a reduction in nationwide fuel efficiency of about 21 percent.
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Under the Obama administration's Corporate AverageFuel Economy (CAFE) standards, new cars sold in the US must average about 54 miles per gallon by 2025. The Obama-era standard mandated that automobiles sold by vehicle companies have to reach 50 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2025. Jerry Brown said in a statement that the state "will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible". That argument remained on the EPA's website Thursday.
If the proposed rule becomes final, it could roil the auto industry as it prepares for new model years and weaken one of the federal government's chief weapons against climate change - regulating emissions from cars and other vehicles. It also claims that lower new vehicle prices would mean more folks buying them and moving out of older, less safe cars.
But private transportation experts say there are so many factors involved that the 1,000 lives saved figure is questionable. The result, opponents say, will be dirtier air and more pollution-related illness and death.
After the EPA announced in April that it intends to remove the Obama-era mileage standard, California and 16 other states sued the EPA to fight the Trump rule change.
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The proposal to roll back anti-pollution efforts is in line with President Donald Trump's decision past year to abandon the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to take steps to mitigate global warming.
The administration's proposal could set off a high-stakes legal battle with California and the 13 other states that follow its more stringent rules. California and the automakers agreed to the rules in 2012, setting a single national fuel economy standard.
At the same time, it plans to block California from putting its own mileage standards into place. "And because we are leaders, our standards have been adopted by more than a dozen states and the District of Columbia". Another analysis estimates that an average family would end up spending $200 more a year because of the changes, and perhaps as much as $500 more.
Alson said, according to his own calculations, the savings for someone buying a new vehicle with a loan was $158 a month, but the report acknowledges that consumers would "purchase somewhat more fuel", about five gallons a month during the first year of owning a auto. The auto industry has expressed anxiety that if this case ends up in courts it could leave them in a sort of limbo as production of vehicles must continue as it waits for decision to be handed down on how efficient those vehicles must be.
"I'm sure you've all heard the big news that we're going to work on the CAFE standards, so you can make cars in America again", Trumptold a crowd in Detroit on March 15, 2017. "Automakers support continued improvements in fuel economy and flexibilities that incentivize advanced technologies while balancing priorities like affordability, safety, jobs and the environment".
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