Washington state will sue the Trump administration for blocking California’s more strict vehicle emission standards.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a press release that the administration’s action is unlawful.
President Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he was revoking California’s federal waiver on emissions “in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer, while at the same time making the cars substantially SAFER.”
California has already filed legal challenges to Trump’s actions and other states, like Washington, are expected to follow suit.
“If the administration refuses to accept the scientific reality of climate change, they need to get out of the way and let states like Washington lead on this issue,” Inslee said. “Washingtonians deserve better than Trump’s dangerous anti-environmental policy.”
California obtained its first waiver to the federal Clean Air Act in 1968 as cities like Los Angeles were choked with smog.
Inslee says Washington will push for zero-emissions
Automakers do not make vehicles specific to each state, so California’s rules are essentially the nation’s standards.
The California rules were adopted by 11 other states including Washington.
Trump, in California for a fundraiser, said having one national standard will lead to more auto production.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said it is not a case of the federal government infringing on state rights.
“We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation,” Wheeler said.
Inslee said he and other state lawmakers in Washington will seek to adopt a zero-emission policy next Legislative session.
Ferguson said the Trump administration is trying to prevent states from making real progress on fighting climate change.
“This rule would hurt out pocketbooks, our health, our environment and our communities,” Ferguson said. “We will not allow the Trump administration’s dangerous policies to harm Washingtonians.”