CALIFORNIA (PM) — California officials filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday over his intentions to reverse the state’s legal authority to set its own car emissions standards, as first announced by The New York Times.
The state is accompanied by 23 other states in the lawsuit.
“California won’t bend to the President’s reckless and politically motivated attacks on our clean car waiver,” the state’s Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said in a statement Friday. “We’ll hold the line in court to defend our children’s health, save consumers money at the pump and protect our environment.”
The lawsuit claims that Trump’s administration is operating in contravention of several environmental laws, including by preempting state law without congressional authority and by “failing to assess or analyze the damage” the preemption “would inflict on the environment and public health.”
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has now filed 60 lawsuits on behalf of the state against the Trump administration, said legal precedent is on the side of California.
“Two courts have already upheld California’s emissions standards, rejecting the argument the Trump Administration resurrects to justify its misguided Preemption Rule,” he stated of the rule the federal government is invoking to crack down on state laws. “Yet, the Administration insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health.”