LaMalfa Applauds Trump Administration’s Decision to Revoke California’s Waiver to Set Own Emissions Standards

Sep 19, 2019
Press Release
(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revoked a waiver from the Clean Air Act of 1970, which allowed California to establish its own emissions standards.
 
This comes as the EPA and NHTSA issued a final action entitled the “One National Program Rule,” which will enable the federal government to provide nationwide uniform fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards for automobiles and light-duty trucks. The standards set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are far stricter than that of the federal government, driving up the price of purchasing a newer, cleaner vehicle across the country.
 
LaMalfa said: “California’s unreasonable emissions standards are one thing in theory, but in reality, it drives up the price of today’s newer, safer, and more fuel-efficient vehicles as manufacturers continue to give the market what it desires. As a result of these onerous regulations, the relative age of the average car on the road is 4 years older today than it was in 1990. CARB has abused this waiver authority and gone far beyond the intended mission of improving fuel standards. This takes away the basic cornerstone of America’s free-market – consumer choice.  California Governor Newsom and Sacramento bureaucrats don’t get to set the fuel-efficiency standards for all 50 states, and by extension, vehicle prices for the entire nation.
 
“Drivers do seek better mpg in their cars and manufacturers are constantly improving technology to provide that while providing options that consumers actually want. Reducing these unreasonable standards in favor of standards that are actually attainable will lower the sticker price of newer vehicles and encourage consumers to buy them. Forcing manufacturers to build 55 mpg vehicles does not mean consumers will buy them or enjoy them when they need comfort and space for their families. The goal is to have safer and cleaner cars on the road, and this decision by the Trump Administration, including Administrator Wheeler and Secretary Chao, will help us accomplish that by allowing vehicles that people will actually be happy to buy.”
 
Congressman LaMalfa joined EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and DOT Secretary Elaine Chao to host a press conference announcing the decision.
 
Rep. LaMalfa speaks at the EPA to applaud the final action entitled the “One National Program Rule.” [YouTube]
 
In 1990, the average car on the road was 8 years old. Nearly 30 years later, the average car on the road is 12 years old – a 50% increase. Newer vehicles are far cleaner and safer than cars manufactured over a decade ago. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that a driver of a car that is 12 years old is 32% more likely to be fatally injured in an accident, compared to a car that is 3 years old or less.
 
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.
 
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