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Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

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The Trump administration announced Thursday it intends to weaken federal fuel efficiency standards and revoke California’s autonomy to impose its own standards. 

The US EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are calling for fuel mileage standards to be frozen at year 2020 levels, rolling back aggressive standards agreed to by CA and the Obama Administration. They called for average fuel economy of more than 50-miles-a-gallon by 2025. 

AirTalk gets the latest from California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the automotive industry, and law and policy experts.


Xavier Becerra, California state attorney general

Kenny Stein, director of policy and federal affairs for the American Energy Alliance, the advocacy arm of the Washington, D.C.-based free-market think tank, the Institute for Energy Research 

Adrian Martinez, attorney for Earthjustice, the SF-based environmental law organization

Mike Floyd, editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine based in El Segundo