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Why This Matters: The Trump Administration has now gone on offense to stop the car companies and California from continuing to work toward cleaner cars even after the administration rolled back the federal clean car rule put in place by the Obama Administration earlier this year. Since the Clean Air Act specifically and unequivocally allows the state of California to enact stricter tailpipe standards because of its historic problems with smog caused by cars, this investigation seems like a witch hunt to us.
Why Does California Get To Set Its Own Tailpipe Standards?
“[W]hen the Clean Air Act was passed, California was already developing innovative laws and standards to address its unique air pollution problems.”
Congress made a special exemption for Californa — as long as its standards protect public health and welfare at least as much as federal law, and if they are necessary “to meet compelling and extraordinary conditions,” the law requires the EPA to grant California a waiver so it can continue to apply its own regulations.
“California has received numerous waivers as it has worked to reduce vehicle emissions by enacting ever more stringent standards since the 1960s.”
“Other states can’t set their own standards, but they can opt to follow California’s motor vehicle emission regulations.”
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Devastating wildfires in the world’s coldest region have led scientists to declare an “airpocalypse.” Siberia is being plagued by toxic fumes and wildfire smoke so thick that flights were suspended last week due to low visibility. 3.7 million acres of Northeastern Siberia have been destroyed, and with no end in sight, experts are […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon has grown so large and so hot that it’s creating its own weather. You read that right; the Bootleg fire is disrupting wind patterns, causing fire to spread faster, and has even caused its own lightning. This development has presented an additional hardship for […]
In the U.S., about 100,000 deaths occur each year due to exposure to ambient air pollution – before the COVID-19 pandemic, this represented about 1 in 25 deaths. Air pollution is a ruthless killer that can even harm the development of babies while they’re still in the womb. That’s why it was important that the […]
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