California can beat EPA in emissions battle: Judge Napolitano

California can beat EPA in emissions battle: Judge Napolitano

California can beat EPA in emissions battle: Judge Napolitano

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittWhite House looking into Pruitt activities after condo controversy: report EPA reportedly approved a company's project while Pruitt stayed in one of its lobbyists' condos EPA considered leasing a private jet for Pruitt: report MORE celebrated with auto industry representatives Tuesday after his ruling that future vehicle emissions standards should be eased.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it completed a review that will affect vehicles for model years 2022-2025, but it did not specify details on new standards, which it said would be forthcoming.

The standards called for roughly doubling by 2025 the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles sold in the United States to about 50 miles (80 km) per gallon - however, that actually is equivalent to about 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving. The average fuel economy during Obama's tenure was around 25 mpg. Marketing U.S. LNG is not the jurisdiction of the EPA administrator. And automakers had agreed to that set of mileage goals, which were negotiated with the Obama administration in 2011 as part of a bailout deal. But the industry has argued that the rules are now unachievable, due to lower fuel prices spurring Americans to buy bigger cars and technology being more expensive than predicted, among other factors.

"So, to ensure ongoing fuel economy improvement, the wisest course of action is to keep new vehicles affordable so more consumers can replace an older auto with a new vehicle that uses much less fuel", the group stated. Through a CAA waiver granted by EPA, California can impose stricter standards for vehicle emissions of certain pollutants than federal requirements. "It is in America's best interest to have a national standard, and we look forward to partnering with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard", said Administrator Pruitt. Immediate family members also stayed at the site when they were in Washington, the EPA's designated ethics official said in a March 30 memo after the lease was reviewed following an ABC News report on the living arrangement.

He also said the agency is still determining which standards would be considered appropriate for the country.

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"Co-operative federalism doesn't mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country", he said. So the California waiver is being re-examined, the EPA said.

While a trade group representing the USA auto industry said a review of fuel standards was the right move, critics said it would hurt the average consumer.

California Governor Jerry Brown blasted the EPA's action.

"This move sets us back from years of advancements by the automotive industry put in motion by states that took the lead in setting emission standards", the statement said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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