17 states sue Trump admin. over proposed emissions rollback

Seventeen states, led by California and including Maryland and Virginia, plus DC, have sued the Trump administration over its proposed weakening of emissions standards. A leaked administration proposal suggests freezing emissions standards in 2020. Without greater efforts to reach a compromise, the emissions question could become bogged down in litigation.


Automakers want more flexibility in dealing with the Obama-era emissions goals. But Mitch Bainwol, CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, told a Congressional panel last week that automakers are accepting of emissions standards that would rise every year – just at a level that auto buyers will accept.


“We support standards that increase year over year that also are consistent with marketplace realities,” Bainwol said in his testimony.

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