Coalition of Attorneys General sues Trump Administration for preventing states from combating climate change


A coalition of 24 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for preventing states to set their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards to combat climate change.

The cities of Los Angeles and New York as well as the California Air Resources Board are part of the lawsuit, which names the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the lawsuit, coalition is challenging the Trump administration’s regulation preempting California’s GHG emissions and Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards also known as Advanced Clean Car Standards.

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In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted California and 13 other states as well as the District of Columbia a waiver authorizing those standards—a primary part of the states’ initiatives to protect the environment and public health.

Multiple courts already rejected NHTSA’s arguments

The coalition argued that the Trump administration must withdraw its Preemption Rule because it is unlawful. Multiple courts already repeatedly rejected the arguments of the NHTSA that the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) preempted the California GHG and ZEV standards.