California vs. Trump, part 60

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, September 23, 2019

The Golden State filed its 60th lawsuit against the Trump administration on Friday, this time to defend its authority to set its own greenhouse gas limits for passenger cars. The lawsuit — which 22 other states and three cities also joined — came just one day after the Transportation Department and the EPA took steps to formally revoke California’s authority. The states are also expected to sue the EPA separately.

California has had the ability to set its own greenhouse gas standards for cars since the Clean Air Act was crafted in the 1970s, so long as the state gets a waiver from the EPA.

The Trump administration is peeling back that waiver and seeking to eliminate California’s authority altogether. To date, 13 states follow California’s standards — and all 13 signed onto the new lawsuit.