The Trump administration on Thursday officially revoked California's tailpipe waiver under the Clean Air Act, a decision that likely to face quick legal challenges.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the “One National Program Rule,” giving the federal government sole authority to set gas emission standards for cars.
The rule is part of the administration's Safer, Affordable, Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, a draft of which was submitted to the White House in August.
The second part of the rule will include a final decision over what fuel efficiency levels to set emissions at starting in 2025.
Revoking California's waiver will also affect 13 other states which follow California’s clean air rules.
“One national standard provides much-needed regulatory certainty for the automotive industry and sets the stage for the Trump Administration’s final SAFE rule that will save lives and promote economic growth by reducing the price of new vehicles to help more Americans purchase newer, cleaner, and safer cars and trucks," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.
President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that the waiver would be revoked while he was fundraising in California.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has threatened to sue the administration if it moved to revoke the state's waiver, which was granted to them under the Obama administration.
But states' rights... oh wait, if you're a liberal or Democratic leaning states, then these don't apply to you.