22 states take President Trump to court in effort to protect Obama’s EPA policy

A group of 22, primarily Democratic-led states, along with several major cities, including New York City and Los Angeles, have filed suit against the Trump administration due to his change in clean air policies, according to The Hill.

The suit was brought by the areas’ respective attorney generals and states their belief that the administration’s new rule violates the Clean Air Act, and is detrimental, due to its impact on carbon emissions.

“Besides ignoring the science of climate change – the text of the ACE rule barely mentions climate change, much less recognize[s] the dire threat it poses to people’s health, the economy, and the environment – the rule disregards requirements of the federal Clean Air Act,” which requires regulators to use the “best system of emission reduction,” New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) said in a press release according to The Hill.

The states’ suit is the second of its kind against this particular rule. The first was filed in July from the American Lung Association, The Hill reported.

“The ACE plan is trying to reduce the progress California and other states are making and keep failing coal pants (sic) on life support,” California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols said while standing alongside California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is also joining the suit.

According to Becerra the ACE rule as a “toothless substitute” that essentially narrows the EPA’s authority.

This suit is not the first issue brought against the current administration. Just weeks ago, thirteen states filed suit against the Trump administration for rolling back restrictions put in place by the Obama administration that put penalties on auto manufacturers who did not meet certain fuel efficiency standards, according to The Hill.

“The suit, led by California’s and New York’s attorneys general, goes after a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) rule that lowers penalties for manufacturers from $14 to $5.50 for every tenth of a mile per gallon (mpg) they fall below fuel efficiency standards,” The Hill reported.

“This rule is just another misguided and reckless attempt by the Trump Administration to roll back the clock on our clean air standards,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement according to The Hill.

“Without strong penalties for violating these fuel efficiency standards consumers, our economy, and our environment all remain in danger. As we’ve done in the past, we will continue to fight this battle against the Trump Administration’s efforts to ignore the realities of climate change.”

According to the Trump administration, the rule was causing a safety issue, because residents were driving older, less safe cars thanks to a rise in the price of new cars the Daily Caller reported.

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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