The Trump administration can expect a litigious confrontation with California after it announced a review of fuel efficiency rules for cars and trucks.
State officials have made clear California won’t back down from pursuing its own course to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
California Governor Jerry Brown, the state’s top prosecutors and Democratic state lawmakers blasted President Trump’s decision to review tough fuel economy standards that were finalized under Obama’s presidency.
Brown called the move “a gift to polluters” and said Trump is putting the interests of big oil ahead of clean air.
California has already intervened in a lawsuit filed by automakers over fuel efficiency standards. The state holds a waiver to require tougher emissions rules.
Automakers blamed the Obama administration with unfairly rushing the regulations before leaving office.