State joins fight to protect air standards

May 14, 2018 by CaliforniaCarbon.info

(Source:Manchester Journal) Scott Pruitt, who as attorney general of Oklahoma, sued the Environmental Protection Agency 14 times and described himself as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s ‘activist agenda,'” is now its administrator. A suit filed Wednesday in the D.C. Court of Appeals by a coalition of 17 states (of which Vermont and Massachusetts are co-plaintiffs) would protect that agenda from political predation.  The suit seeks to prevent Mr. Pruitt from diluting (or trashing altogether) Obama-era auto emissions and fuel economy standards that aim to double the average fuel economy for vehicles in the model years 2022-25, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 450 million metric tons, and save drivers $1,650 per vehicle, according to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. In a statement, Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan explained his reasoning for joining the suit: “Vermonters want and deserve clean air. These standards are key points in the fight against climate change. They help save consumers money on fuel.” Read full article…

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