Gov. Brown Demands Trump Administration Jettison Plan Loosening Auto Emission Rules
"Attack on innovative technology jeopardizes the health of millions," the governor says, as officials from California and other states dispute federal analysis on emissions that led to proposed change in federal standards.
California Escalates Battle With Trump EPA Over 'Clean Car' Rules
Gov. Jerry Brown, flanked by his attorney general and air quality chief, issued another demand on Friday that the Trump administration abandon its plan to freeze auto emission standards and revoke California's right to set its own rules. ... State officials, along with attorneys general from 20 other states, also released their 415 pages of comments on the proposal, which Trump appointees have dubbed the SAFE Rule, for Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles, calling it "riddled with errors and based on faulty assumptions, incorrect modeling, cherry-picked data and a fundamental misunderstanding of consumer behavior." (Miller, 10/26)
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California To Trump Administration: 'Protect Clean Car Rules'
Top California officials urged the federal government on Friday to preserve the nation’s clean car standards rather than weakening them. In August, the Trump Administration proposed halting future mile-per-gallon goals for cars and trucks, saying they are too expensive for automakers. (Nichols, 10/26)
Analysis: Lung Cancer Deaths Decline In California
California’s low rate of lung cancer deaths saved nearly 5,000 lives in 2014 — and saved Californians at least $500 million just in that year, according to a CALmatters analysis in consultation with public health researchers. Those savings will likely grow into the billions of dollars in the decades ahead, experts say. Earlier this month, a study from the UC San Diego School of Medicine found California’s rate of lung cancer mortality was 28 percent lower than the rest of the country in 2014, the most recent year of available data. The study’s authors attributed California’s low number of lung cancer deaths to the state’s early and aggressive anti-smoking initiatives. (Levin, 10/28)