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You can’t stop us from regulating car emissions, Jersey and 22 other states just told Trump

Jonathan Salant | September 20, 2019 | NJ Advance Media |


WASHINGTON — New Jersey joined California and 21 other states Friday in challenging President Donald Trump’s efforts to take away their powers to regulate automobile emissions.

Trump proposed revoking California’s right to set its own standards for automobiles and light trucks, which New Jersey and 12 other states follow, as he moved toward relaxing new fuel economy standards set during President Barack Obama’s administration.

A lawsuit by the states filed in U.S. District Court in Washington said California has had the right to regulate vehicle emissions for 60 years and “its authority to do so has been repeatedly recognized, reaffirmed, and even expanded by Congress.”

Indeed, the federal government has incorporated the California standards in its own regulations.


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