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California among 17 states suing Trump administration over car emission standards




A view of the Los Angeles city skyline as heavy smog shrouds the city in California on May 31, 2015.
A view of the Los Angeles city skyline as heavy smog shrouds the city in California on May 31, 2015.
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Multiple states, including California, have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its plans to scrap gas mileage standards and how much greenhouse gases vehicles can emit, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Tuesday.

The suit takes aim at a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate standards for vehicles manufactured between 2022 and 2025. The standards would have required vehicles to get 36 miles per gallon (58 kilometers per gallon) by 2025, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) over the existing standard.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Joining California are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Sean Hecht, co-executive director of Emmett Institute of Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law school