A group of 17 Republican attorneys general has sued the EPA over a decision to allow California to set its own rules for exhaust pipes and mandate zero-emission vehicles that exceed federal standards.
Prosecutors general argue that the waiver of the EPA’s Clean Air Act violates the doctrine of equal sovereignty of the Constitution.
Officials from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia are part of a federal lawsuit filed last weeks.
The problem arises because of the EPA’s decision to renew the waiver and repeal an interpretation of the Clean Air Act that would prohibit other states from adopting stricter greenhouse gas emission standards for cars in California.
The EPA’s actions arose as a result of President Joe Biden’s order in January 2021, according to which the US Department of Transportation and the EPA must reconsider the Trump administration’s 2019 decision to revoke California’s powers.
The EPA previously granted California a waiver in 2013.
“The Biden administration has since overturned Trump’s order and given California the favor to set” green “production standards that will actually stifle the average American who is already facing astronomical prices at the pump because of the Biden administration’s failed policies,” the statement said. Missouri State Attorney Eric Schmidt.
Republicans in Congress also oppose the Biden administration’s policy on car emissions.
“President Biden’s strict emission rules for clean emissions are another example of how the administration puts radical environmentalists ahead of hard-working Americans,” said Katie McMorris Rogers of Washington, DC, leader of the House Committee. and trade, a statement said in December.
Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Council is working to develop regulations that will accelerate the adoption of EVs and tighten emission standards for new cars sold in the state. The new proposal envisages that by 2030, EVs, including plug-in hybrids, will account for almost 70% of new car sales, to phase out new cars and light petrol trucks and reach 100% of EV sales by 2035. year