An interesting situation has emerged in the USA. The website smartcitiesdive.com reports that twenty-three states and three cities — Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC — are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its attempt to decision to loosen vehicle emissions standards.
Reporter Katie Pyzyk states in her article about this unusual lawsuit that it has the intention to block the EPA from revoking portions of a wavier it granted California in 2013 to set its own standards for vehicle efficiency and electric vehicles. Rules that are followed by thirteen other states.
Pyzyk explains this lawsuit is the latest in a long string of actions that have occurred over the last two years during the tug-of-war between the Trump administration and state and local governments over the environment. Dozens of mayors condemned the EPA's announcement last year that it would roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions standards and re-examine California's waiver and vowed to fight the Trump Administration on the matter.
Earlier California sued the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to learn details behind the decision to lower emissions standards and was joined by 18 states to prevent the roll back from occurring. The administration had formally proposed freezing vehicle emissions standards at 2020 levels — about 37 mpg — instead of rules proposed by President Obama that would boost emissions standards to over 46 mpg by 2025.
As in Europe climate rules are also coming into effect in energy rating system for large buildings such as environmentally-focused legislation requiring buildings over 25,000 square feet to cut climate emissions 40% by 2030 and more than 80% by 2050.