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States Sue EPA Over Rollbacks Of Environmental Protection Regulations

EPA, Scott Pruitt Protest.Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia

The Trump administration might not believe in climate change and could not care less about the environment, but the rest of the US does. This is why 18 states so far are now suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to uphold its intended function and rolling back environmental protection regulations. The lawsuit targets the matter of auto emissions, in particular.

According to the details of the lawsuit, the states are taking issue with how the EPA under the Trump administration has continued to rollback Obama-era regulations that are intended to curb carbon emissions and reduce the impact of pollution on climate change. The states also claim several violations, including that of the Clean Air Act.

California is leading the charge in this lawsuit, with California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., California Attorney General Xavier Becerra being the figureheads in the fight. The lawsuit is intended to make sure that the vehicle standard across the nation remains the same.

“The states joining today’s lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars,” Governor Brown said. “This phalanx of states will defend the nation’s clean car standards to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution.”

“The evidence is irrefutable: today’s clean car standards are achievable, science-based and a boon for hardworking American families. But the EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt refuse to do their job and enforce these standards,” Attorney General Becerra said. “Enough is enough. We’re not looking to pick a fight with the Trump Administration, but when the stakes are this high for our families’ health and our economic prosperity, we have a responsibility to do what is necessary to defend them.”

As Futurism notes, this is just the latest in a rising trend of local governments picking up the slack where the leadership on the federal level has failed. The Trump administration’s picks for top positions have wreaked havoc across several fields of government, with the environment, science, and technology being just a few that have been affected.

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