California Officials Slam Trump Rollback of Vehicle Emission Standards — Presenting 400 Pages of Analysis

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Cars drive across the Golden Gate Bridge May 19, 2009, in San Francisco. At the time, President Obama had announced a new national fuel and emission standards program for cars and trucks with the intention of cutting vehicle carbon emissions and raising mileage by 30 percent. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cars drive across the Golden Gate Bridge May 19, 2009, in San Francisco. At the time, President Obama had announced a new national fuel and emission standards program for cars and trucks with the intention of cutting vehicle carbon emissions and raising mileage by 30 percent. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California officials are blasting the Trump administration’s plan to freeze vehicle emissions standards, saying it threatens public health and the environment.

The California Air Resources Board on Friday submitted more than 400 pages of analysis rejecting the administration’s proposal and the research behind it.

The agency’s executive officer, Richard Corey, writes that the administration’s proposal “does not even accord with basic principles of reasoned decision-making and must be withdrawn.”

On Sept. 28, the state board told automakers they still have to comply with California’s strict vehicles mileage standards — regardless of whether federal rules face a rollback.

California and the Obama administration agreed to national standards requiring the fleet of new automobiles to get 36 miles per gallon by 2025. That’s 10 miles per gallon higher than the current requirement.

The Trump administration has proposed freezing the standards starting in 2021. Administration officials say it would lower vehicle prices and get safer cars on the road.

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