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The Trump administration is done trying to negotiate with California and will move forward with plans to revoke the state of its authority to set tougher fuel efficiency standards.

“At this point, we have to move to finalize,” Andrew Wheeler, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said in a Monday interview with the Washington Examiner. “We don’t have time to move to reopen (negotiations). We tried to work with California, but we were just not able to. In California, politics was playing the bigger hand than the policy.”

The EPA will introduce its final proposal sometime this spring that strips a waiver California and other states have long used to set tougher vehicle emission standards than the federal government — forcing every state in the U.S. to comply with the same rules.

The move to revoke California of its waiver comes as the Trump administration is also looking to freeze Obama-era efficiency rules meant to cut carbon emissions from the transportation industry. The EPA, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is finalizing a proposal to freeze vehicle efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, in lieu of raising them annually.

The White House argues the Obama-era rules render new cars too expensive, and would prompt consumers to rely on older models that are less safe and not as environmentally friendly.

The Trump administration in August first proposed freeing fuel economy standards at 37 miles per gallon in 2020. The EPA and Department of Transportation estimated that the freeze would save $500 billion in societal costs and prevent around 1,000 traffic fatalities a year.

However, that proposal initiated a fight between the White House and California, which has enjoyed authority to set tougher standards than the federal government. California officials and the Trump administration attempted to reach a compromise, but negotiations ended on Feb. 21.

“California didn’t really give us a legitimate counteroffer,” Wheeler continued. “They promised it after a couple weeks of our proposal, and we waited over 12 weeks before we got an answer. The answer we got really isn’t credible.”

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  1. Palladini

    March 13, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I southern Cali, you can get electric cars with batteries, because it never cold enough long enough to freeze the batteries, but in most other places on this continent, it gets to cold for too long and if you have an electric car, you need a heated garage at home and a heated garage at work also, otherwise your batteries will freeze and need to be replaced, at a cost of about $8000 every time they need to replaced.

  2. Shari Early

    March 13, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    So California thinks it’s a separate country from the US so stop all federal tax money from going there.

  3. LST

    March 14, 2019 at 1:43 am

    Can’t we sell Crapifornia to Mexico so we can be rid of them? Or wall off Crapifornia too, not only Mexico, keep those jackass liberals there.

    • Michael

      March 14, 2019 at 3:08 am

      That’s what I’ve been saying. Build another wall along California’s borders.

  4. mike dar

    March 14, 2019 at 6:23 am

    The auto Mfgr.s need two assembly and supply lines, one for California, one for the rest of the Nation, prices rise for California especially, and in general. Electric becomes more competitive but still the high end of costs. The wealthy of California, control the regulation while not being much effected by the cost, the Wealthy can buy electric, afford electric, the masses not.
    The ‘General’ in the rest of the country already where median income exists and qualifying for auto loans are now having a great deal of difficulty in qualifying on median cost vehicles.. the ‘General gets screwed also… the Wealthy in the ‘General can buy electric, afford electric… the masses…. not.


    March 14, 2019 at 11:04 am

    The gas companies need to just make regular and premium, no boutique blends for California. Tell them to take it or leave it.

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