The state of California is pursuing more than one goal at a time by enforcing their new emissions and taking a political swing at President Donald Trump announcing that they won’t be buying from automakers that are backed by the president during the battle over emissions standards, according to The Hill.
“The California Department of General Services issued a statement Friday saying the state plans to end purchases from automakers that have not committed to following California’s tailpipe emission regulations, including General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler, by January,” The Hill reported.
The move was confirmed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom who tweeted about the announcement on Monday.
“Carmakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of CA’s buying power,” Newsom tweeted.
“CA will stop purchasing vehicles from carmakers that have refused to protect our air & chosen to follow the regressive ways of
Carmakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of CA’s buying power.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 16, 2019
“General Motors, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler have taken the president’s side as he loosens Obama-era restrictions on tailpipe emissions and takes steps to prevent California from having its own regulations,” The Hill reported.
The publication went on to state that Californians spent $58.6 million in vehicles from General Motors, $55.8 million from Fiat Chrysler and $10.6 million from Toyota between 2016 and 2018.
Going forward, the state will only allow it’s residence to obtain vehicles from Ford, Honda, Volkswagen and BMW, the automakers who are adhering to the state’s regulations.
Earlier in the year, California led a coalition of 23 state attorneys generals who are suing the Trump administration after his move to revoke the state’s authority to enforce their own vehicle emission standards, a right granted by former President Barack Obama, according to The Hill.
“The lawsuit, filed by California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) along with the leaders of 23 other states; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles and New York City, argues that the Trump administration unlawfully removed the state’s waiver granted under the Clean Air Act.
In their suit, the states accuse the decision which to wave California’s right to set its own standards exceeds the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) authority.
The new emissions rule was drafted jointly by the NHTSA, under the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) according to The Hill.
“State Plaintiffs respectfully request that the Preemption Regulation be declared unlawful and set aside because it exceeds NHTSA’s authority, contravenes Congressional intent, and is arbitrary and capricious, and because NHTSA has failed to conduct the analysis required under the National Environmental Policy Act,” the suit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia reads according to The Hill.
Becerra said in his Friday press release that the Trump administration “insists on attacking the authority of California and other states to tackle air pollution and protect public health.”
“The Oval Office is really not a place for on-the-job training. President Trump should have at least read the instruction manual he inherited when he assumed the Presidency, in particular the chapter on respecting the Rule of Law. Mr. President, we’ll see you in court,” he added.
Written by Savannah Pointer.