On September 20, the state of Oregon joined in a lawsuit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alongside 23 other states, the District of Columbia and the cities of New York and Los Angeles. The suit is in response to the Trump administration’s attempts to revoke auto emissions standards in California, which have been adopted in Oregon.
According to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, “the federal administration just set back years of hard work on reducing carbon emissions,” and that “Joining this lawsuit is a “no brainer” to demonstrate our commitment to this fight, not only to protect Oregonians —but also to save our planet.” Rosenblum accuses the Trump administration of pandering to the oil industry, and says, “Families want less pollution and better gas mileage for their cars.”
In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency granted California a waiver allowing the state to establish more stringent emission regulations than those of the federal government. 13 other states, including Oregon, and the District of Columbia opted to follow the same standards, cutting down emissions by hundreds of thousands of tons.
President Trump announced his intention to roll back the waiver on September 18, tweeting that “there will be very little difference in emissions between the California standard and the new U.S. standard.” The administration also plans to lower fuel economy standards from 50 miles per gallon by 2026, as per the Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy, to 37 miles per gallon from 2020 – 2026.
According to the president, these rollbacks will result in less expensive vehicles. However, automakers have indicated that they are capable of reaching much better mileage standards.
Other states involved in the suit include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
By Brandon Urey