Newsom Hails Federal Moves to Let California Set Tougher Vehicle Emissions Standards

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday praised the Biden administration’s announcement that it was moving to restore California’s emissions waiver, a policy shift that would let the state set more stringent emission standards for cars and SUVs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday announced that it is considering overturning a Trump-era action called the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule Part One: One National Program Rule (SAFE-1), which revoked a waiver that let California┬áenforce stricter standards on greenhouse gas emissions and zero-emissions vehicle sales mandates. SAFE-1 also sought to preempt other states from adopting California’s greenhouse gas emissions standards, which thirteen states have opted to do (pdf). President Joe Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office that directed federal agencies to review a bevy of Trump administration rules and executive actions, aiming to reverse Trump-era orders that Biden said harm the environment or endanger public health, …

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