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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Thursday is expected to revoke California’s authority to set its own greenhouse gas and vehicle fuel efficiency standards, a move with high stakes for the auto industry, consumers and the environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency has stressed the need to establish one set of national fuel-economy standards. Currently, California’s most stringent regulations are also followed by a dozen other states.
Revocation of California’s ability to set its own standards is part of a multipronged battle by the Trump administration to counter the state’s efforts to reshape the mix of vehicles driven by Americans. The administration also plans to announce in coming weeks a separate rule that would roll back Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards agreed with the state.
Trump on Wednesday characterized the step as a win for consumers, saying vehicles would be less expensive and safer under federal requirements.
Officials in California rejected those claims and vowed to fight any attempt by the federal government to restrict its ability to set its own standards on vehicle emissions and electric cars.
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