With the release of proposed new and lower fuel-economy rules expected from the NHTSA by March 30, many eyes have turned to the powerful California Air Resources Board.
That agency . . . will shortly issue its own related proposal for boosting the carbon-dioxide emissions allowed from road vehicles.
California, however, is not likely to accede to any radical increase in national emission standards. Instead, it has a long-established legal right to establish its own, tougher emission rules, recognizing its pioneering role and the specially dire air-pollution conditions in the Los Angeles Basin.
Unless, that is, Pruitt reverses himself and decides to attack that right by rescinding the "waiver" to the national rules that permits that, one of a long series stretching back 30 years.
If Pruitt does that, however, CARB is ready to go to war. In a report by Bloomberg two weeks ago, agency chairman Mary Nichols said, “I think there would be a war, with many states lining up with California” should the agency attempt to revoke California's waiver. . . .
A related article, also GCR:
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1115303_nhtsa-could-cite-safety-of-heavier-cars-in-slashing-cafe-rules-reportsNHTSA could cite safety of heavier cars in slashing CAFE rules: reports