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California To Sue The EPA Over Emission Standards And Will Stop Buying Gas Vehicles

California goes on the green energy offensive this week with several new auto regulations and standards.

By Evan Symon, November 18, 2019 8:00 pm

The state of California has made several far reaching decisions about car standards since late last week by simultaneously going completely green on state-owned vehicles while also suing the EPA over taking away their car emission rules.

On Monday the California Department of General Services stopped buying gas-powered vehicles for the first time in the history of the state. Governor Gavin Newsom had announced Friday that only alternative fueled vehicles could be bought for the state. While this is largely going towards electric vehicles, other types, including former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s much hyped hydrogen fueled vehicle plan, will be under it.

Governor Gavin Newsom. (Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

The announcement, part of Governor Newsom’s greenhouse gas reduction plan, also made clear that California would only buy vehicles from companies that have recognized California’s air pollution standards. This has left out prominent companies like GM and Toyota, as they have sided with the federal air pollution rules.

Also beginning this week is California’s offensive against the federal government over emission standards. California, as well as 22 other states sued the EPA on Friday over their ruling to invalidate the notion that other states can have separate emission standards on vehicles.

The second half of 2019 has been a back and forth between the State of California and the Trump Administration over car emissions being set to California or Federal Standards.The Court of Appeals lawsuit against the EPA would block the Federal Government from taking away California’s stricter Emission standards, as well as the standards of other states.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (State of California)

“We’ve said it before, and we will say it again. California will not back down when it comes to protecting our people and our environment from preventable pollution,” stated California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “No matter how many times the Trump administration attempts to sabotage our environmental progress, we will fight for clean air.”

Car makers are also not happy with this appeal.

“It’s becoming a battle,” said Toyota car salesman Bobby Cardington. “A lot of companies picked California to go behind and others picked Trump. And just by who California will buy fleets from and this appeal, those who picked California are winning out. My company can’t sell any to the state anymore. The average person may not care, but these are chunks of profit out there for companies.”

“It’s like giving money to the candidate you hope will win in a race. You give money to a loser and you’re not going to have any influence or get what you want into a law easily. It’s that serious.”

California’s laws are not set to go into effect until January 1st while the Appeals Court isn’t expected to have a ruling in the immediate future. A ruling may also be delayed due to the current impeachment proceedings going on in Washington.

Evan Symon

Evan V. Symon is the Senior Editor for the California Globe. Prior to the Globe, he reported for the Pasadena Independent, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and was head of the Personal Experiences section at Cracked. He can be reached at evan@californiaglobe.com.
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