On Sept. 19, state Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), chair of the state Senate’s Committee on Environmental Quality, said he was “shocked and dismayed” by President Donald Trump’s decision to “revoke a decades-old rule that allows California to set tougher car emissions standards than those set by the federal government.”
“Our state’s special status under the Clean Air Act has enabled us to combat previously stifling air pollution and protect public health. This special status and role has been respected by federal Republican and Democratic administrations alike,” Allen said.
“This decision by the administration is unprecedented and outrageous,” Allen added. “Our legislature stands united with [Gov. Gavin] Newsom and Attorney General [Xavier] Becerra in our commitment to combat this assault on California’s autonomy and its longstanding leadership role in setting higher clean air standards. Our collective work has led to dramatic smog reductions in my hometown of Los Angeles and has pushed the automobile industry to produce cleaner cars that have benefited everyone. Clean air is a right, and we will fight against all attempts to roll back the progress we have worked so hard for.”
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