Trump administration challenging California environmental protections

This article discusses the Trump administration’s attempts to gut California environmental laws.

The Trump administration openly threatened one of the cornerstones of California’s environmental protections Monday, saying that it may revoke the state’s ability under the Clean Air Act to impose stricter standards than the federal government sets for vehicle emissions.

The announcement came as the administration confirmed it is tearing up landmark fuel economy rules that formed a key part of the effort by the Obama administration and California officials to combat global warming — and as the Justice Department sued to block a state law that limits the federal government’s ability to sell any of the 46 million acres it controls in California.

The double-barreled move marks a sharp assault on the state’s efforts to protect its environment as the Trump administration seeks to open more land in the West for mining, drilling and other interests.

 

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